For most, their enthusiastic acclamation of Jesus as Messiah disguises from them their repudiation of what that messiahship means.
As soon as it involves not just death but degradation, to be driven outside the camp bearing his reproach (Heb 13:13), they reject him. They cannot believe that holiness is without beauty and majesty. And Jesus knows they can't....
He understands our heart and how little able it is to realize truth and adhere to it — and it is this clear vision that gives his love its aching utterness. Whoever has been as lonely as Jesus, perhaps lonely in proportion to his total love?... No one ever came to our dear Lord without knowing that here was someone to whom he or she mattered, who would gladly die on their behalf — and I think that is what we must ask him to achieve in us.
Wendy Beckett. "Accepting the Prophet and Savior." excerpt from Spiritual Letters (London, U.K.: Bloomsbury Continuum, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. , 2013).
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury Continuum. This excerpt appeared in Magnificat.
Wendy Beckett, better known as Sister Wendy, is a British hermit, consecrated virgin, and art historian who became well known internationally during the 1990s when she presented a series of documentaries for the BBC on the history of art. Among her books are Spiritual Letters, Sister Wendy's Meditations on the Mysteries of our Faith, and Sister Wendy on Prayer.Copyright © 2013 Sister Wendy Beckett
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