he said it's great to give up chocolate for lent, but what if we thought of something that went beyond what was good for ourselves. what if we asked what we would be willing to suffer for the benefit and joy of someone else. what would we be willing to suffer, go without, endure, for the sake of others?
mary the mother of Jesus, would be around the fire, too, in that fellowship of suffering. she'd be sitting next to paul and mother teresa and a whole bunch of my friends. ordinary humans living quiet lives, following the example of beautiful beautiful Jesus, who is continually inviting us to come and die.