Catholic Verses – Bible Meditation #0003 – Genesis 3 – There is no other way

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0:03 chapter 3 the fall of man now the
0:07 serpent was the most cunning of all the
0:09 animals that the Lord God had made so
0:13 here we have the introduction of the
0:14 serpent of course in Middle Eastern
0:16 tradition this was viewed as an evil
0:19 creature not a God as such I don’t think
0:21 but certainly a spiritual creature that
0:23 was malevolent but we understand today
0:27 that all of God’s creatures are
0:29 ontologically good including Satan Satan
0:31 is good by nature evil by choice just
0:34 like the rest of us so this serpent
0:37 represents satan and he’s the most
0:38 clever he’s the most beautiful angel
0:40 he’s the most powerful angel he’s the
0:42 Light Bearer he’s Lucifer so he’s
0:45 certainly an important character in the
0:47 story and he’ll play a very important
0:50 role and the comical and tragic irony of
0:54 Satan’s role in God’s plan is that he’s
0:56 always doing God’s will he’s always
0:58 serving God he’s always facilitating
1:00 God’s plan because God can bring good
1:03 out of evil see is evil by choice those
1:07 choices are limited their constraints
1:09 put on evil by God so I think it’s
1:14 fitting in God’s perfect justice that
1:16 those who rebel against God’s plan
1:19 discover ultimately that they have been
1:23 part of God’s plan all along unwittingly
1:29 unwillingly they’re frustrated they
1:32 didn’t want to help but but they did
1:34 help God and no one feels this
1:38 frustration and this anger and this
1:39 exquisite torture more than Satan the
1:43 serpent asked the woman did God really
1:45 tell you not to eat from any of the
1:47 trees in the garden Satan is a liar he’s
1:50 the father of lies from here we have
1:52 classic example there’s a kernel of
1:55 truth in what he’s saying here God did
1:57 command Adam and Eve not to eat of a
2:00 tree but it was one tree he wasn’t all
2:02 the trees so there’s an exaggeration
2:04 here this subtle and crafty lie of the
2:08 serpent is trying to portray God as an
2:12 enemy of freedom
2:13 the serpent plants a little bit of doubt
2:15 in Adam and Eve’s minds maybe God
2:20 doesn’t want what’s best for them it’s
2:23 just a little bit of doubt it’s called
2:25 temptation it was very subtle and that’s
2:27 why we always need to be on guard
2:28 against Satan because he is very subtle
2:31 the woman answered the serpent we may
2:34 eat of the fruit of the trees in the
2:35 garden it is only about the fruit of the
2:38 tree in the middle of the garden that
2:39 God said you shall not eat it or even
2:42 touch it lest you die the serpent
2:45 demonstrated an exaggeration from one
2:48 tree to all the trees Eve is mirroring
2:51 this now backed serpent by performing
2:54 the same sort of operation God didn’t
2:57 say not to touch the tree he said don’t
3:00 eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge
3:01 of good and evil so she’s doing the same
3:04 broadening the same exaggerating move
3:06 that she just learned from the wily
3:09 serpent so we see how quickly this way
3:12 of thinking can propagate and how
3:15 contagious it is now subtle it is but
3:19 the serpent said to the woman you
3:21 certainly will not die no God knows well
3:25 that the moment you eat of it your eyes
3:27 will be opened and you will be like gods
3:30 who know what is good and what is bad
3:32 when the serpent says if you eat of the
3:35 tree will not die what’s implied in that
3:38 is a threat I think Scott harm mentioned
3:41 this if you do eat you won’t die the
3:45 implication being if you don’t eat you
3:48 will die remember this is a serpent in
3:50 the ancient Middle Eastern culture the
3:53 serpent wasn’t viewed as a cuddly pet or
3:55 a fascinating exhibit in your local
3:57 families ooh behind two inches of
3:59 Plexiglas the serpent was a real viable
4:03 threat to these people so we need to
4:06 trust and believe that when the serpent
4:08 says you will not die if you eat the
4:11 fruit of the tree there was a threat in
4:13 that and the role of Adam who has
4:19 remained silent his role as husband and
4:21 protector of Eve is being neglected
4:24 seriously neglected
4:26 they’re on their honeymoon and he’s
4:28 silently sitting back like a coward as
4:31 this serpent threatens them he should
4:34 have been willing to lay down his life
4:35 for his wife and this is what Christ
4:39 will do later the new Adam will lay down
4:41 his life for his bride the church and
4:44 when Christ hung on the cross and died
4:46 the first thing he did is he went down
4:50 and he took Adam and Eve he brought them
4:53 out of Gehenna it was very fitting that
4:57 we see here the failing of Adam in
5:00 anticipation a long torturous
5:03 anticipation of the do-over and Jesus
5:08 Christ got it right the woman saw that
5:10 the tree was good for food pleasing to
5:13 the eyes and desirable for gaining
5:15 wisdom the fruit that hung on the tree
5:18 of the knowledge of good and evil was
5:20 beautiful it was tasty it was good so
5:25 it’s important to realize that when
5:27 Satan tempts us he tempts us with the
5:31 good gifts of God always it’s not a
5:36 rotten fruit it’s not a were meat and
5:38 fruit it doesn’t smell of maggots and
5:42 death and sulfur it smells sweet its
5:45 flesh is plump and ripe it’s good this
5:53 is how Satan works he’s giving us the
5:56 good gifts of God always always and he’s
6:02 giving it to us with God’s permission
6:05 each and every time he tempts us each
6:07 and every time he offers us God’s good
6:09 gifts he goes to the court of the king
6:13 and he gets permission not ninety-nine
6:18 percent of the time one hundred percent
6:19 of the time there is no exception he is
6:22 going before God Almighty each and every
6:24 time and getting permission it’s
6:26 essential to understand that and it’s
6:29 essential to understand that each and
6:31 every temptation that he brings to you
6:33 and that he brings to me is something
6:35 good it’s always something good
6:38 otherwise we wouldn’t you
6:40 we wouldn’t choose evil we always choose
6:42 goods but sin is the choosing of a lower
6:44 good the choosing of a lesser good over
6:46 a higher good when we knowingly do that
6:49 it’s in maybe a mortal sin or it may be
6:52 a venial sin but it is sin objectively
6:55 speaking so she took some of its fruit
6:57 and ate it and she also gave some to her
7:00 husband who was with her and he ate it
7:03 it’s funny how Adam now appears as a
7:06 sort of afterthought in the story but
7:09 he’s been standing there won’t say he
7:12 soiled his pants cuz he’s not wearing
7:14 any pants but let’s just say his knees
7:16 were knocking I picture him gobbling
7:19 that fruit down like a maniac the fear
7:25 in this weak willed man now how did his
7:30 will get weak if he’s a perfect creature
7:33 in a perfect paradise how how do we
7:35 explain the weakness in his will how do
7:38 we explain that darkness of his
7:39 intellect before he takes that first
7:42 bite we need to explain that and I think
7:45 the explanation is that the seed that
7:49 fell into his heart and into his mind
7:52 the seed of doubt planted by a serpent
7:55 it felt not on rocky ground but on
7:58 fertile moist dark rich soil that seed
8:03 fell and it took root and it grew and it
8:06 sprouted anak blossomed we’re talking
8:10 about the Garden of Eden here things
8:11 aren’t inhibited in their growth when
8:13 that seed of doubt came in small as it
8:17 was it had to have fallen on some good
8:20 soil and it certainly took hold quickly
8:23 and that’s why I think that he gobbled
8:25 down that fruit like there was no
8:26 tomorrow petrified so we see how subtle
8:33 sin is the sin was actually committed
8:36 before his lips touched the fruit the
8:39 sin of Adam and Eve was very subtle a
8:44 lot of people like to think of it as
8:46 having tasted the fruit no that’s a
8:51 formality at this point
8:53 when you sign your soul over to Satan
8:56 the actual signature on the contract is
9:00 a formality at that point you’ve already
9:03 been broken you’ve already given in it’s
9:06 just a formality it’s the same thing
9:08 with the fruit I don’t think Adam and
9:11 Eve even need to touch the fruit in
9:12 their hearts they had accepted and
9:16 nourished doubt about their maker then
9:20 the eyes of both of them were opened and
9:22 they realized that they were naked so
9:25 they sewed fig leaves together and made
9:26 loin cloths for themselves how
9:30 satisfying do you think that was for
9:33 Adam and Eve they were given this
9:35 opportunity hey do you want to be like
9:38 God and know the difference between good
9:40 and evil do you want to have the
9:42 knowledge of good and evil there’s a
9:47 psychological phenomenon called buyer’s
9:49 remorse where you regret having made a
9:52 purchase there’s a sort of veil that
9:55 falls from your eyes the intoxication
9:58 and the inebriation me euphoria are
10:03 replaced by a sort of dread what have I
10:07 done I’ve been had this is not what I
10:12 expected this is not what I signed up
10:14 for this is not what I wanted the
10:17 knowledge of good and evil isn’t what
10:18 they expected because they’re
10:21 immediately faced with their nakedness
10:24 there immediately scrambling to cover up
10:26 their nakedness their eyes have been
10:28 opened and they’re not enjoying this
10:31 there’s no account given of the wonders
10:35 and the marvels and the beauty and the
10:39 sublime knowledge of goodness much less
10:42 a good act that comes from this or a
10:45 good consequence that stems from this or
10:47 a superpower oh now I can turn invisible
10:50 no they’re sewing fig leaves onto their
10:53 crotches this is not a step up for them
10:56 okay so I think they realized that they
11:00 had been in possession of the good and
11:03 now that they’ve
11:05 come to possess knowledge of good and
11:07 evil they wish they’d never had tasted
11:11 the evil they wish that they had just
11:12 stayed on track with their good God and
11:16 been obedient it was a big mistake and
11:19 they knew it when they heard the sound
11:21 of the Lord God moving about in the
11:23 garden at the Breezy time of the day the
11:26 man and his wife hid themselves from the
11:28 Lord God among the trees of the garden
11:29 I’m picturing them now hiding with these
11:34 fig leaves on their nether regions
11:37 hiding from their Creator hiding from
11:40 their father this isn’t too far from
11:44 hell here this is a bad trip they had a
11:49 level of intimacy with God in the Garden
11:51 of Eden where God will walk around with
11:54 them openly there’s a privileged
11:58 relationship that they had and they lost
12:01 it and they knew it because now they’re
12:03 shivering hiding in the bushes as God
12:06 walks through the Lord God then called
12:09 to the men and asked him where are you
12:12 he answered I heard you in the garden
12:15 but I was afraid because I was naked so
12:18 I hid myself I think it’s important to
12:21 note here that Adam and Eve live a life
12:25 of fear in a perfect paradise they’re
12:29 living a life of fear shivering and
12:32 hiding in the bushes vulnerable insecure
12:35 and afraid and that that fear came as
12:38 soon as they let that serpent in to
12:41 their hearts and minds I’m not saying it
12:43 was easy to defeat the serpent I’m not
12:46 saying it would have been easy to say no
12:47 to the lies and the temptation I like to
12:51 think that it was pretty much inevitable
12:52 that if they had successfully rebuffed
12:55 Satan’s attempt that first time I’m
12:57 pretty sure he would try ever more
13:00 subtle and ever more manipulative games
13:03 until he got what he was after i’m
13:05 pretty sure that that’s how it works
13:08 when you have freedom and there’s a sort
13:11 of unstable equilibrium europe
13:14 horrible placed by God atop a cannonball
13:17 and it doesn’t take much I think to send
13:22 you toppling off the edge I think it’s
13:25 important to address this issue now of
13:28 condescension because God the ineffable
13:31 the infinite the perfect the almighty
13:34 omnipotent omniscient omnipresent God
13:37 doesn’t lack anything he’s not ignorant
13:41 of anything so when he comes and asks
13:43 Adam where are you he doesn’t lack that
13:47 information he doesn’t need to come and
13:49 check he doesn’t need to ask a question
13:51 this is condescension which means that
13:53 God is speaking to us because God is the
13:55 primary author of Scripture God is
13:57 speaking to us through his word through
14:00 his written word in Scripture he’s
14:02 speaking to us on our level we are
14:04 finite we are limited our intellects are
14:07 dimmed since the fall our wills are
14:10 weakened our imagination is still very
14:12 powerful but there are limitations on
14:14 our imagination and we need help God
14:19 knows that we needed help so he
14:21 communicates to us in a way that we can
14:22 understand and so when God says to Adam
14:25 where are you he knows we should not be
14:29 surprised that God communicates to us in
14:32 a way that doesn’t literally correspond
14:35 with his nature he can’t communicate to
14:38 his finite creatures in a way that
14:40 reveals his full glory in his full
14:43 majesty and his pure simplicity he can’t
14:46 not because of any limitation in him but
14:49 because of the limitation in us we need
14:51 to understand that we are limited we are
14:54 finite we are fallen there are many
14:57 communications about the truth of God’s
14:59 nature that we’ll be able to understand
15:01 that we will be able to receive and
15:03 accept and process once we see God face
15:07 to face in heaven if God willing we’ll
15:10 get there were particularly limited here
15:12 in this fallen state but we shouldn’t in
15:16 any way let his condescending language
15:19 in Holy Scripture affect our knowledge
15:21 are certain absolute knowledge about the
15:23 attributes of God
15:25 of god that’s a temptation then he asked
15:29 who told you that you were naked you
15:32 have eaten then from the tree of which I
15:35 had forbidden you to eat the man replied
15:38 the woman whom you put here with me she
15:40 gave me fruit from the tree and so I ate
15:43 it the Lord God then asked the woman why
15:46 did you do such a thing the woman
15:49 answered the serpent tricked me into it
15:51 so I ate it we humans are fond of
15:54 passing the buck we like to play the
15:57 blame game we like to project we like to
16:00 unburden ourselves of responsibility we
16:03 like to rationalize our actions and Adam
16:06 and Eve were no different Adam blames
16:09 Eve Eve blames the serpent the funny
16:11 thing is that the serpent doesn’t blame
16:13 anyone anyone today can quite easily
16:18 blame their parents and of course those
16:22 parents can easily blame their parents
16:24 circumstances weren’t ideal for them
16:26 either and they can pass this blame back
16:29 and back and back and back and back and
16:30 back and I don’t think anyone should be
16:33 surprised that we have this creation
16:36 story with our first parents because
16:38 that’s naturally where we go when we
16:41 play the blame game and when we pass the
16:43 buck and when we don’t take
16:44 responsibility that’s inevitable because
16:46 the game will hot potato then the Lord
16:49 God said to the serpent because you have
16:52 done this you shall be banned from all
16:54 the animals and from all the wild
16:56 creatures on your belly shall you crawl
16:59 and dirt shall you eat all the days of
17:01 your life I will put enmity between you
17:04 and the woman and between your offspring
17:06 and hers he will strike at your head
17:09 while you strike at his heel right at
17:12 the very beginning there’s an enmity
17:14 established between the Serpent and the
17:17 woman and between the offspring of the
17:19 Serpent and the offspring of the woman
17:20 and it’s interesting to note that the
17:22 offspring of the woman is referred to as
17:24 a male as he and of course this refers
17:29 to Jesus Christ the offspring of the
17:31 woman Mary and I think that the venom of
17:37 the snake is deadly I think also that
17:40 there’s an antidote for that poison and
17:44 if you step on the head of a serpent you
17:47 will kill it you will crush it its tail
17:50 will flail and flap and there may be a
17:53 Stinger on the end of that tail that
17:55 inflicts one last blow out of sheer
17:57 malice as it dies and I think that’s
18:00 where we are today since the serpent is
18:03 still flailing the serpent is nailed to
18:06 the cross of Christ and that tail is
18:08 flapping and his venom is spraying and
18:10 it still is dangerous right until the
18:15 end it will be dangerous but make no
18:16 mistake he is now to the cross so
18:20 there’s a danger there’s also a hope to
18:24 the woman he said I will intensify the
18:26 pangs of your child bedding in pain
18:29 shall you bring forth children yet your
18:31 urge shall be for your husband and he
18:33 shall be your master there’s a certain
18:36 support nation or subjection that woman
18:38 naturally has to man but here we see
18:40 that it’s exaggerated and that there’s a
18:42 punitive element to it and it’s not
18:45 healthy it’s not normal it’s not natural
18:47 it’s not what it was supposed to be
18:49 there’s a weakening on every level of
18:52 society there’s a weakening in the
18:54 marriage as a weakening in the family
18:55 there’s a weakening on every level
18:56 there’s a punishment here and we will
18:59 suffer because of that punishment and
19:01 part of that punishment entails the
19:03 weakness of women and how that is
19:06 exploited it’s not a good thing it’s
19:08 evil it’s a consequence of original sin
19:10 but we can’t blame God for that God’s
19:14 justice and his mercy work together
19:16 always and if we stick our finger into
19:18 the fire we will get burnt we don’t
19:21 celebrate the burning but we do bow to
19:24 reality and we do submit to God Almighty
19:28 who allows suffering and we do
19:30 understand that our loving father can
19:32 bring good out of suffering so this will
19:37 temper I think some of the fanaticism
19:39 that we see with gender politics with
19:42 extreme feminism and with some of the
19:45 social justice movements that are
19:47 frankly out of control
19:50 then missed the entire point that are
19:53 completely out of touch with reality the
19:55 reality of sin the reality of cause and
19:58 effect and the reality that we come from
20:01 God we’ve offended God and we have been
20:04 redeemed by God and we need to freely
20:06 choose to come back to God and to heal
20:11 to heal ourselves and heal others and to
20:12 you all the relationships that are
20:14 damaged by sin to the man he said
20:16 because you listen to your wife and ate
20:19 from the tree of which I had forbidden
20:21 you to eat cursed be the ground because
20:23 of you in toil shall you eat its yield
20:26 all the days of your life thorns and
20:29 thistles shall it bring forth to you as
20:31 you eat of the plants of the field by
20:34 the sweat of your face shall you get
20:35 bread to eat until you return to the
20:38 ground from which you were taken for you
20:40 our debt and to dirt you shall return we
20:44 come from dirt and we go back to dirt
20:46 this idea of humility has to stay with
20:49 us through our entire reading of the
20:51 Bible it’s an essential component of
20:54 Christianity humility the thorns and
20:58 thistles that choked the earth today are
21:01 a consequence of original sin that rich
21:03 damp dark fertile soil of the Garden of
21:06 Eden is just a dream for us now it’s a
21:09 dream from the distant past and it’s a
21:11 dream of our eternal abode in the future
21:14 in heaven we need to have hope and we
21:16 need to wait and we need to strive to
21:19 enter the eternal rest of the Sabbath
21:20 and we need to cultivate the soil of our
21:23 hearts and minds even though it is
21:24 choked by weeds and by thistles and
21:27 thorns we need to work with what we have
21:30 in this fallen world and we need to
21:32 acknowledge reality we’re in a
21:34 pilgrimage here we’ve been exiled from
21:37 one paradise and we’re on our way to a
21:40 better paradise if and when God willing
21:43 we arrive in heaven we will understand
21:46 that this pilgrimage is nothing the
21:49 suffering here below in this fallen
21:51 world is nothing it’s the twinkling of
21:54 an eye it’s a refreshing cool breeze and
21:58 I’m talking about all the horrendous
22:00 tragedies of war and selfishness and
22:03 betrayal em naughty I’m talking about
22:06 all of it since the fall to the end of
22:08 the universe all of the evils that man
22:13 has endured all of that is a cool
22:16 refreshing scented breeze when put in
22:20 its proper perspective it really is just
22:24 like all the pleasures in this fallen
22:27 world all of the pleasures all of the
22:30 sensual pleasures all of the love all of
22:32 the joys that we experience in this
22:35 fallen world are nothing compared to the
22:39 joys of heaven there nothing we need to
22:45 understand that if we’re going to keep
22:46 our eyes on the prize because we are
22:48 soldier nurs we are pilgrims the man
22:51 called his wife eve because she became
22:54 the mother of all the living the man
22:56 names his woman he names her Eve because
23:01 she is the mother of all the living Mary
23:03 is our mother Mary is subject to an
23:07 inferior to Jesus Christ and Jesus
23:11 Christ has Dominion and authority over
23:15 Mary even though he subjected himself to
23:18 her he submitted to her authority he was
23:22 obedient to marry there is an objective
23:25 superiority of man / woman just like
23:28 there’s a superiority of Jesus over Mary
23:30 there is to say anything different is
23:32 Antichrist but that doesn’t mean that we
23:37 can introduce selfishness or any other
23:40 evil no look to Christ look at the way
23:43 Christ submitted himself to the woman so
23:47 when we talk about the master morality
23:49 in the slave morality only Christianity
23:51 gets the mix right holy Christianity
23:54 balances the two if you want to be the
23:58 greatest then be the servant of all we
24:01 can’t forget about this essential
24:03 Christian teacher for the men and his
24:06 wife the Lord God made leather garments
24:08 with which he clothed them then the Lord
24:11 God said see the man has become like one
24:14 of
24:14 us knowing what is good and what is bad
24:17 therefore he must not be allowed to put
24:20 out his hand to take fruit from the tree
24:22 of life also and thus each of it and
24:24 live forever I think it goes without
24:27 saying that the early pagans were not
24:28 Christian they were not even monotheists
24:31 so all of the traditions that this tale
24:34 draws on we’ll talk about the gods and
24:37 when God says Adam and Eve will be like
24:41 one of us you could try to explain that
24:43 away as being a reference to the three
24:45 persons in the Trinity I prefer to look
24:47 at it had in its traditional pagan roots
24:49 of the story and just say it’s
24:52 condescension God’s talking to the
24:54 people of the time they understood God
24:57 was saying hey they’re going to be like
24:58 one of us we don’t need to be afraid of
25:01 this reality that is the historical
25:03 reality of humanity we’re in a fallen
25:06 world of course there are errors in
25:08 religion of course there is superstition
25:09 of course there’s idolatry of course to
25:12 deny that would not serve anyone and for
25:15 Holy Scripture to whitewash and to just
25:17 completely ignore the reality of
25:19 paganism would not have been as
25:22 effective now there’s a sort of
25:25 animalistic component we’re wearing the
25:28 hide of the animal we’re not quite
25:30 lowered to the level of the beasts but
25:32 there is a denigration because of our
25:34 sin and perhaps wearing the skins of
25:37 animals symbolizes that to a certain
25:40 extent on the other hand we could see it
25:42 as a step up from the fig leaves so
25:45 there’s a sort of a makeover that God
25:47 gives Adam and Eve here now The Tree of
25:50 Life imagine if Adam and Eve had tasted
25:52 the tree of life in this fallen state
25:56 what would that mean it wouldn’t mean
26:00 heaven it wouldn’t mean paradise it
26:02 would mean perpetual agony perpetual
26:06 punishment we can think of the tree of
26:10 life as a sort of hyperdrive only when
26:14 God and God alone is the target can we
26:16 hit hyperdrive and go into warp speed
26:19 and launch ourselves in our spaceship
26:21 into that source of everything it is
26:24 good every perfection we can thank
26:27 god that he banished us from the Garden
26:29 of Eden that he prevented us from eating
26:32 of the fruit of the tree of life and
26:34 that he made us wait to eat the manner
26:37 that comes from heaven the body blood
26:41 soul and divinity of Jesus Christ in the
26:43 Eucharist we can thank God for that the
26:46 Lord God therefore banished him from the
26:48 Garden of Eden to till the ground from
26:50 which he had been taken when he expelled
26:53 the man he settled him east of the
26:55 Garden of Eden and he stationed the
26:57 cherubim and the fire a revolving sword
26:59 to guard the way to the Tree of Life the
27:02 imagery of the cherubim and the flaming
27:04 swords this also comes from ancient
27:07 pagan tradition and they were actually
27:09 set up as images menacing images at the
27:12 gates of towns to frighten and
27:15 discourage strangers so there’s a lot of
27:18 colorful stuff in the Bible that will
27:20 encounter that is bewildering and
27:22 baffling and is shrugged off by armchair
27:25 atheists of the 21st century just
27:26 because they don’t understand it and
27:28 frankly there’s too much rich cultural
27:31 data in the Bible for anyone to grasp
27:34 there’s just too much but when we have a
27:37 few examples the principle then becomes
27:41 ever-present in our mind when we’re
27:43 looking at the Bible and when we’re
27:44 struggling to interpret the Bible and it
27:47 will prevent us from interpreting rashly
27:50 and judging harshly and it will open our
27:53 minds to say there’s much here that
27:56 confuses me that I’m unable to grasp
27:59 it’s humbling it really is but we are
28:04 banished we are in a fallen state we
28:07 can’t have our cake and eat it too we
28:10 can’t lounge around the Garden of Eden
28:12 now that we fall and we need to toil by
28:14 the sweat of our face the women will
28:16 suffer during childbearing and the
28:18 serpent will be nipping at our heels
28:20 until the very end we just have to
28:23 remain confident that Jesus Christ has
28:26 accomplished what he says that he
28:29 accomplished he said it is finished his
28:32 work is finished and now it’s up to us
28:35 to unite ourselves to that work
28:37 and the toil that we engage in and the
28:40 suffering that we endure and the
28:43 drudgery of work and the pains of
28:46 childbearing and the pain of loss and
28:49 the pain of death and all the suffering
28:50 that we have to endure and our declining
28:52 health and are weakening bodies in the
28:55 age and death that’s coming for all of
28:56 us or the tragic accidents that befall
28:59 us when we least expected or natural
29:01 disasters disease war selfishness
29:03 betrayal the emotional pain of problems
29:07 and family divisions and families their
29:08 friendships that end abruptly their
29:11 selfishness our selfishness seems to
29:13 have no end that’s why we need to
29:16 believe that the work is finished and
29:20 that we can unite all of those trials to
29:24 the sufferings of Jesus Christ because
29:26 he endured them Jesus Christ is God
29:30 Almighty so he does know everything he’s
29:32 omniscient he knows all the suffering
29:35 that we endure throughout all of history
29:38 but he’s not some distant God who has
29:41 some sort of cold knowledge of facts as
29:45 if they were tables of numbers and
29:46 statistics in a book no he is love and
29:49 mercy itself and he took all our flesh
29:52 he took on our weakness in all things
29:54 but sin he felt pain he felt the pain of
29:58 betrayal no one was more betrayed than
29:59 Jesus he felt the pain of betrayal he
30:02 felt the heartache not only that he felt
30:05 every physical pain he felt the
30:07 accumulated sum total of all physical
30:11 and emotional pain of all humanity of
30:12 all the wars of all the diseases of all
30:14 the boredom and drudgery of all the
30:16 confusion he felt all of it and I’m not
30:19 speaking metaphorically he literally
30:21 felt all of it it would crush any of us
30:25 instantly and he felt all of it and was
30:30 rational and sober and aware of all of
30:33 it during his whole life from a single
30:35 cell in the womb of Mary all the way up
30:37 until his death he was aware and
30:41 cognizant and viscerally feeling the
30:44 sorrow of the entire history of the
30:47 world so we need to remember
30:50 our sufferings really are a drop in the
30:53 ocean their personal sufferings are
30:55 nothing there are literally nothing we
30:58 can exaggerate them we can catastrophize
31:01 our miseries and our lot in life but if
31:03 you look to Christ if you think about it
31:05 just think about what he did for us and
31:07 if you think about the pain and
31:09 suffering that he endured it puts your
31:12 problems in perspective it’s
31:14 mind-boggling and we need to thank him
31:17 every moment of every day and we need to
31:19 go to him we need to go to him in the
31:21 sacraments particularly the Eucharist go
31:25 to sacramental confession if you’re not
31:27 a member of the church get in the church
31:30 you’re going to suffer either way but
31:32 you’re suffering needs to have meaning
31:35 give yourself ring mean and give your
31:37 suffering to Christ you can handle it he
31:41 carried it for 33 years you know that
31:45 the work is done so you can go to him
31:51 there is no other way

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