Scripture: Luke 23: 44 – 49

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!

Reflection

Over the past six weeks we have been trying, each day, to surrender our lives to the will of the Father.  Our acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving have guided and directed our efforts.  For the most part we have experienced a certain joy in surrendering our bodies and souls  – our whole being – to God.

Jesus has been our example, our source of strength and inspiration; and today we are invited to unite ourselves with Him in one final act of total surrender.   We are invited to imitate Jesus in his self-sacrificing love and entrust our very selves to God – all our joys and sorrows, our hopes and failures – indeed our whole life, all that we are and all that we hope to be.  True, this is frightening and can be very painful.  Letting go is never easy.  In faith, hope and loving trust we hand ourselves over to the Father who has the love and power to raise us up again.

As we unite ourselves with Jesus today, let us like him, entrust ourselves to the Father.  Let us wait in patience for him to save us.

Practical Suggestion

Let this be a quiet, reflective day.  Try to be still within yourself.  Go a little earlier to church and spend some time in the stillness and quietness in the church.  There is a certain starkness with the altar stripped bare.  Ask God to strengthen you with a more trusting spirit that you may not be afraid to surrender all that you are to his will. Pray the Prayer of Jesus: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Prayer

Fill me Lord Jesus with the power of your love made real on the cross for me and for all mankind.  May your self-sacrificing love touch the hearts and lives of the whole of humanity today so that we may change our ways and live our lives in you – today and always.

Amen.