And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand. While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.
One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by war, hurricanes, earthquakes, and division between people. It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen. The answer is that because our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God. Jesus asked to be spared the cross because, even though he knew it was his father’s will, he preferred to avoid the suffering. God could obviously have intervened and kept his son from being handed over, but God instead chose to give each of us the unimaginable gift of eternal life with him.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
my God, in you I trust;
No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.
Make known to me your ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.
Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
for you I wait all the day long.
—Psalm 25:1-2a, 3-5
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