Thursday, May 30th

“Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem.  On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.  They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified.  On the third day he will be raised to life!”  Matthew 20:17-19

Dear Jesus, My friends and me are addicted to finding some meaning in life that serves our own desire to gain more, live more comfortably, get more attention and impress others with our great works.  But then there’s you.  You were committed to dying for us so we would be preserved forever, saved from our own sins.  You “looked forward” to the great gift that would cost you everything.  The terrible way your life would end was the big thing for which you lived.  Because you knew you’d pass through it and then I would be free forever from the condemnation I keep earning through my waywardness.  You have freed me forever from my dead end.  Thank you for making my life last so I too will pass through death, just as you did.  Amen.

Your life has meaning because it means everything to God.