Earlier in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus began telling his disciples clearly, that his journey was headed for a cross in Jerusalem. Golgotha was not an unexpected ambush for Jesus. It was a planned destination to which “he set his face” with focused determination. How did he endure the suffering that was coming, how did he keep choosing the path of obedience in the face of temptations to take an easier road? Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience to a higher call. He would give his life in service to God and as a sacrifice for humankind.
And so for us, pilgrims along the Lenten road to Calvary, our endgame is also to find that higher calling from God, to match our deepest longing with the world’s deepest needs, to find something to live for, big enough to die for, and to live every day with that end in mind.
- Deacon Robert