Holy Saturday retreat: Closing prayer
We now approach the end of our 3-day retreat….
Let us look back at the 3 main invitations
that have surfaced this Holy Week,
as exemplified by our Lord and as extended to us.
Given your life here and now,
this season of calm or turmoil,
your prevailing sense of peace or disquiet,
which of these 3 invitations is the one
you are most called to respond to here and now?
One of the best lines in the song “I Lived” is:
“I hope you don’t suffer,
but take the pain.”
This is what the Risen Lord has done
in His Passion:
not to suffer passively,
but to take the pain―
and to do so for one and only one reason:
He invites us to do the same.
Is there an area in your life – or a person –
causing you pain
and where the Lord is inviting you
not so much to suffer, but to “take the pain”
not out of your own need, but out of love?
(Remember, there is such a thing as tough love!).
How can you respond to this invitation?
We’ve been going through another Lent,
but to end our retreat,
let us allow Lent and its mysteries
to go through us one more time.
We look back at what the Lord has embraced
to win us our redemption, and what he has offered
These scenes are taken
from the 2014 film, Son of God.
It has been set to the love song
“How Deep is the Ocean?”
The depth of the seas
is a powerful metaphor
for the unfathomable depth of God’s love.
It is because of this vastly infinite love
that Jesus has chosen to “take the pain.”
Let our grateful hearts
speak to the Lord
as we contemplate this montage of divine love.
Pause for a few moments
after viewing the montage.
You may want to use these
words as your closing prayer.
Share your thoughts, prayers, and questions
Thank you for completing our 3-day retreat.
As usual, we encourage you
to share your thoughts, prayers, and questions
at the end of this retreat, as well as read
what your fellow online retreatants have shared
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these last 3 days.
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