Dear friends, don’t be surprised about the fiery trials that have come among you to test you. These are not strange happenings. Instead, rejoice as you share Christ’s suffering. You share his suffering now so that you may also have overwhelming joy when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12-13
Difficult and perhaps painful experiences may feel like fire in the bones—an image that was used in yesterday’s psalm. Watch how St. Peter invites the people to understand their sufferings in a new way—being like Jesus who suffered so much for us. Hard times give us a chance to remember how much Jesus suffered for us.
When we are friends with someone, we like to dress the same, do the same things, read the same books, maybe eat the same foods. This helps us to fell the joy of the union of friendship. The same is true of our friendship with Jesus. The more we are like him in his suffering, the more there is the joy of being like him in his resurrection.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Sharing in Your sufferings v. 13
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
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