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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    Good Friday: Unexpected Beginnings

    This year's BEST LENT EVER content is drawn from Matthew Kelly’s new book: Rediscover the Saints.

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    In the early hours of today, Friday, Good Friday, Jesus is praying in the garden, and the disciples have fallen asleep. At this moment, and really from this moment on, Jesus is astoundingly alone That aloneness, that loneliness can be very, very heavy. And as we look around us in the world today, there seems to be increasing technology. There's ever-increasing ways to communicate with people, and yet, there also seems to be increasing loneliness. I think one of the things we're called to do as Christians in the modern world is to look at this problem of loneliness, to see it as a very real poverty, and to ask ourselves how are we being called to address this very real poverty of loneliness, because most of us do not have to go very far geographically or in our family, in circles, and friends, to find that loneliness manifesting in very real and vivid ways. It's this loneliness, this aloneness, that can be so stifling to the human spirit. And it's this loneliness, this stifling aloneness, that Jesus was experiencing in the garden and, of course, experiences now as he goes on to carry the cross, as he goes on to be on the cross alone.

    And the aloneness theme then continues. The disciples—they scatter, and they must've felt alone and afraid. The fear feeds on the aloneness. It was only when they came back together in community that they found their courage, that they found their strength, that they reconnected and realigned with the mission that God had given to them.

    And so I think it's important for us to ask ourselves how are we being called to respond to the loneliness in our world today. How can we be the answer to somebody's prayer? Somebody somewhere, not too far from you, is praying that someone will come and relieve their loneliness, just as Jesus came to his disciples and said: hey guys, can you not just be with me for now or pray with me for now?

    Transcript (Español)

    En las primeras horas de hoy, Viernes Santo, Jesús está orando en el huerto, y los discípulos se han quedado dormidos. A partir de este momento, Jesús está increíblemente solo. Esa soledad, puede ser muy dura. Si miras a tu alrededor, en el mundo de hoy, la tecnología crece sin parar. Cada vez hay más y mejores formas de comunicación y, sin embargo, también parece haber una mayor soledad. Estamos llamados como cristianos en el mundo moderno a examinar el problema de la soledad, a verlo como pobreza real y a preguntarnos: ¿cómo se nos llama a abordar la pobreza de la soledad? Nosotros no tenemos que ir muy lejos o ir más allá de nuestra familia y círculo de amigos para ver como la soledad se manifiesta real y vívidamente. La soledad puede ser sofocante para el espíritu humano. Y es esta soledad sofocante la que Jesús experimentó en el huerto, y la que experimenta ahora mientras lleva la cruz a cuestas, mientras se dirige a estar solo en la cruz.

    El tema de la soledad continúa. Los discípulos se dispersan, ellos probablemente se sentían solos y asustados. El miedo se alimenta de la soledad. Solo cuando volvieron a estar juntos, en comunidad, recobraron su valentía, su fuerza y se realinearon con la misión que Dios les había dado.

    Es importante que nos preguntemos: ¿cómo estamos llamados a responder a la soledad en el mundo de hoy? ¿Cómo podemos ser la respuesta a la oración de alguien? Alguien en algún lugar, no muy lejos de ti, está rezando para que alguien llegue y alivie su soledad, así como cuando Jesús le dijo a los discípulos: ¿pueden estar o rezar conmigo ahora?

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