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Passion

     I am going to do a two in one post. 

     I think/hope it is evident, by now,  that I have a passion for my faith and the dream to become a priest. I have never thought of doing anything else, and I don't want to. I want to become a priest. It is the job that interests me- not only do I get to serve people, I can meet new people and grow new relationships with people. I will enjoy the path that the priesthood takes me down- Well I hope I do. 


    Someone much greater than I traveled down a road this very day- and he definitely didn't enjoy it.He went through suffering today-even to the point of death. He was a very good friend of mine, and because of me, he had died. I am sad to announce that earlier today, Jesus Christ at 3:00 pm died because of my sin. 

    
 His death isn't a death that took place over 2000 years ago. It is a death that happens today again. Yes Christ did die once and for all 2000 years ago. But his death isn't meant to be read like a history book-it's meant to be read like it actually happened today. Quiet frankly, it did happen in each of us, and our hearts. 

     Often over looked in the reading of the Passion (or rather, makes it seem like a quick event ) Jesus didn't suffer and whipped for just a moment, rather he was whipped 30-60 times with little pieces of metal attached at the end of the wip that was literally meant to rip the flesh apart. After his painful whipping, a crown of two inches (or longer) thrones was shoved onto his head. He was slapped, beaten, and spitted upon. After this painful killing he was forced to carry his cross through the hot sun-with a ripped up back. And finally, after receiving a punishment that should have killed him, he was crucified to finish him off. And after hanging on that cross, before going to heaven, Jesus says, "Father Forgive them for they know not what they do" 

     Due to my weakness and easily tempted into sin, Jesus went through this. He did this for me. On the cross, he asked that I may be forgiven. He asked that, although I cause him to go through that pain, I may be forgiven. WOW. He died for me-for my sin. 


 







I on purposefully did this in First Person, 
So that, as you read it, you may realize
that it is you also.

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