“In her voyage across the ocean of this world,
the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses.
Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.”
(The Britannic going down. (Painting by Ken Marschall)
“The Passion is described as the mystery of Christ’s suffering.
It was a mystery at the time because people could not reconcile it with what they had expected.
In the sense that we can never fully understand the idea of God suffering,
the Passion is still a mystery.
Now if our sufferings are somehow or other to fit into the Passion of Christ—
and this is no fiction because this is where they belong—there will surely
be an element of mystery about them.
They will make demands on our faith.”
Fr. Hubert van Zeller, OSB
An Excerpt From
The Mystery of Suffering
I love both of these thought provoking quotes!
St. Boniface is keen with his observation that The Church, as in big C,
is indeed like a ship.
She has criss-crossed this globe of ours now for the last 2000 plus years.
Her crew consists of both you and me, the family of Believers.
A crew of both past and present faithful believers…
and yet…we can’t help but wonder about her future crew.
How might a future crew tend to this most majestic of ships?
Next we read the words of Fr. van Zeller regarding suffering.
God’s suffering as well as ours, mankind.
The suffering of God the father and Christ the Son, along with the suffering of humanity.
The suffering of God made man is perplexing– in part because our earthly
minds and rationale cannot fully grasp the full scope of one who would submit to such
knowingly and willingly.
Firstly, there is no question that we mere mortals have wrestled with the thought of the
suffering of Christ since the day he was arrested, tried and executed.
The God of creation willingly subjecting himself to misery, brutality, deprivation,
suffering and a lingering death.
Why would the triune God submit to such a thing as “the Passion”?
Therein lies the mystery.
The lack of comprehension.
The inability to grasp the unconditional.
Man, it seems, will frustratingly struggle with the scope of such a free and willingly
given gift until the end of time.
Compound that dilemma with the dilemmas we now face in this precarious 21st century.
So is it any wonder there are those who are readily and rapidly jumping ship?
Fear is a powerful tool used by our ancient nemesis.
Jump, we drown.
There are great demands on our faith.
These are the days of separation…
Goats and sheep.
Stay on board…the surf is rough but a Calm will soon still the waters.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:
if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city,
which are described in this book.