How do you respond when you encounter difficult moments? Do you allow your life in Christ, your peace and joy to be taken from you? In this episode, Dr. Sri examines Christ’s arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and explains how we can lay down our lives instead of having our life taken from us.
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Do not let the difficult moments you encounter take the peace and joy of Christ from you.
Pilgrimage to Rome with Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Sri recently announced that he will be taking a pilgrimage to Rome June 22-30 of this year. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Lent from Dr. Sri
- The Pocket Guide to the Stations of the Cross invites Catholics to discover the depths of Christ’s love shown to us by his passion and death. In this beautiful book, readers will find a guide to accompany them and help them meditate on Christ’s Passion.
- No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Dr. Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life, from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for you—grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before.
Looking for the Hand of God
There are so many things that can come up during Lent. Rather than seeing these things as problems, try to see them as places where God can meet us.
Jesus Lays Down His Life
If we read through this passage in Scripture, it is clear that Christ is not surprised by his arrest. He doesn’t try to flee. He goes to meet his betrayer Judas and those coming to take him away. The way in which Jesus meets his betrayers is a reminder of what he says in John 10:17-18 “No one takes my life from me. I lay it down of my own accord.” Jesus is the master of this situation. He is basically giving permission to those coming to arrest him.
Laying Down Your Life
How do you respond when bad things happen or when you’re disappointed? When things come up in life, it can be so difficult not to lose our interior peace. However, we must strive to see God’s hand in it. We can acknowledge the disappointment but then we must ask for God’s help in responding well. We must acknowledge that God is in charge.
Unite Your Suffering with Christ
I can take the hurt that I feel and offer it up out of love. We can choose to accept the bad or disappointing things that happen to us. However, we do not have to lose our life in Christ, our joy and peace. We can unite our suffering with Christ in these moments.
Call on the Name of God
When you face difficult moments, don’t let those situations take your life from you. Speak the name of God. Make the Sign of the Cross. Call on the Person of the Holy Trinity. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the soldiers who came to arrest Christ fell to the ground when Christ called upon the name of God. So, call on God’s name. The enemy will fall to the ground.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.
Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri. Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.
Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.