When we think about the crucifixion and death of Jesus, images of his excruciating physical suffering and death often pour into our minds. But there was another kind of suffering that might have been even more painful for Jesus. Many of his disciples whom he had loved and taught abandoned him when he needed them the most.
It would be hard to imagine how much pain this added to Jesus’ suffering and death. The compassionate heart of Jesus certainly understood their fear, and he forgave them. After his resurrection, he appeared to them, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit, they were changed, and they were able to spread the gospel message faithfully to many people in many places.
Where there is unfaithfulness, there is the offer of divine forgiveness that creates us anew. We can always count on that. Let us be grateful that God’s forgiveness lovingly changed us when we needed it most.
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