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Merton’s Voice:

We cannot find Him unless we know we need Him. We forget this need when we take a self-sufficient pleasure in our own good works. The poor and helpless are the first to find Him, Who came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Merton, Thomas, No Man Is An Island (New York: Harcourt, 1955) 235

Psalm 22: 11

Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

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I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So too, I set my face like flint: I know I shall not be shamed. (Isaiah 50 )

Nouwen’s Voice:

The voice that Jesus heard was an incredible affirmation for him: You are my beloved son. On you my favor rests. That voice made it possible for Jesus to walk in the world, to live in truth, and also to suffer. People ruined his life, rejected him, hurt him, spat on him and finally killed him on the cross, but he never lost the truth.

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The Path of Waiting by Henri Nouwen

Passion is a kind of waiting – waiting for what other people are going to do. Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city. And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner? There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say “Yes” or “No”. That is the great drama of Jesus’ passion: he had to wait for their response. What would they do? Betray him or follow him? In a way, his agony is not simply the agony of approaching death. It is also the agony of being out of control and of having to wait. It is the agony of a God who depends on us to decide how to live out the divine presence among us. It is the agony of the God who, in a very mysterious way, allows us to decide how God will be God. Here we glimpse the mystery of God’s incarnation. God became human not only to act among us but also to be the recipient of our responses.

. . . And that is the mystery of Jesus’ love. Jesus in his passion is the one who waits for our response. Precisely in that waiting the intensity of his love and God’s is revealed to us.

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