(I wrote this on another forum but wanted to share it here too, and have some discussion :))
I think it’s so important to think about the suffering of Our Lord. I’ve been feeling lately like I should do this more.
It’s almost unbelievable that God would let Himself be killed by His own creation. and not only killed, but also treated with so much mockery, hatred, disrespect… it must have been unimaginably painful…not only His physical suffering, but emotional and spiritual as well. I think the more a person loves, the more they’re able to suffer for that love. If Jesus loves us infinitely, imagine what His sufferings must have been! and the suffering of Our Blessed Mother too, as she stood by His side, because she loves Him so much!
I’ve wondered, why did Jesus have to endure so much…why did He have to die so painfully? and then I was praying the Rosary and I read the reflections for the Sorrowful Mysteries in my booklet… and it said, He wore the crown of thorns because of our pride… He was scourged because of impurity… in everything that happened, He offered reparation to the Father. And that’s when I realized, He suffered so much because His love is so great and because the sin of the world - our sin - is so great. If there had been no impurity, for example, He might not have had to be scourged. And just that knowledge, that sin - my sin - caused all this, …wow… I just don’t understand though, how through all that He loved us! Even though it was our sin that was causing Him all this suffering, even that didn’t make Him bitter or angry. He only prayed…“Father, forgive them…”
and now too, when we repent, Jesus accepts us so readily and unconditionally… He is so glad we’ve come back to Him, even though we caused Him such pain. I think that is what true love is…
and then I think of all the ways He is still offended today… people stealing the consecrated Hosts and destroying them… so much distrust, unbelief, hatred, etc… and then I look at my sins, and I really don’t understand, how could He still love me like this? how could His love be so unconditional? and my heart is so poor and what can I offer Him that’s of value…but how can anyone not love Him, seeing His suffering?