As part of my fascination with Gospel Paradox during Holy Week I hope to lighten up. So today I will be serious, and next week I hope to bring a little less seriousness to Holy Week.
I think one thing we are called to remember is to never give up. We face adversity and we are inclined to succumb. Don’t give in. Miracles happen because we refuse to accept the likely. Expect the unlikely; and embrace the impossible.
I, like us all, have faced adversity. I will likely face adversity again and again. Others have experienced much worse. I have noticed in them and myself that when they refuse to give in/up their spirit is actually uplifted. A lightness occurs that brings peace.
Now I don’t wish adversity, bad health, financial setbacks, etc. on anyone. Yet, when it happens notice that those who stare adversity in the face seem to have a special presence about them. During your Lenten meditations concentrate on what you observe about those who are facing difficult times; especially those who refuse to let their adversity overwhelm them. It might give you encouragement to never, ever, give up.