Sharing thoughts with a youth touched many significant topics. He was very good in concepts on economics, politics, equality and the environment. The conversation took a different turn when I introduced God and the church. I sensed his discomfort.
The young man’s subsequent words expressed how he felt. He asked if God really exists, why is it that God cannot make life better, safer and more enjoyable. Why is it that God does not stop suffering, correct injustice and let everyone have a prosperous and peaceful life? For this youth, a God who is real must fulfill certain expectations.
The shout, “Hosanna,” as Jesus entered Jerusalem was marked by expectations. The people believed Jesus would free them from Roman domination and oppression. This did not happen. Understanding God’s saving grace can be a challenge.
But God’s saving action comes as a surprise. It happens at an unlikely place. On the cross Jesus takes on himself all our sins, pain, suffering and injustice. The cross of Christ invites us to take a deep look at who God really is and what God has done and is doing for us.
God of grace, lead us to the foot of the cross where we can look up and truly grasp your love for the world. Amen. — MP