BROKEN FOR YOU
The season of Lent is a time for reflection and introspection. It is a time for fasting and praying, a time to give up certain indulgences. Some go on a vegetarian diet, while others give up TV serials. This is a period when the Gospel assumes special significance, "And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them saying, 'This is My body which is given for you, do this is remembrance of Me'" (Lk.22:18). For many, receiving Holy Communion is a routine. We forget that Jesus asked us to remember His sacrifice and suffering on the cross. We also recall the description of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53:5. "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed." In the same passage of Scripture we read, "He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was despised and we esteemed Him not" (Isa.53:3).
No Bed Of Roses
Many Christians identify with the sufferings of Christ. Jesus did not offer His disciples a bed of roses. He told them to take up their cross daily and follow Him. He warned them that just as He had been hated and rejected, they too would suffer the same fate. Many Christian brothers and sisters still live in camps and cannot return to their villages simply because they are Christians. There are Pastors who are despised because they did not opt for a career in medicine or engineering. How many Christian leaders have left lucrative secular jobs to work for the kingdom of God! They are a laughing stock in elite circles. Flourishing businessmen and professionals do not count them as their friends. Christian parents too are often rejected for their Biblical principles. Many street-savvy kids retort: "Your ideas are old fashioned. You belong to a purana zamana. We cannot vibe with you. Your ways are not our ways." Do not expect to be popular with the pop generation. Mothers are perhaps the most broken tribe on earth, broken by husbands, children and in-laws. Remember Simeon's words to Mary in the temple at Jerusalem? After prophesying that the infant Jesus would be a light to lighten the Gentiles, he added these words to Mary, "Yea, a sword shall pierce thy own soul also."
However broken you are, you are building up someone on something else. If you observe a building being constructed, you will notice that the mason breaks some bricks. Without these broken bricks the house cannot stand. They are needed to support the building. So, take heart, if you are broken. Your role is immeasurable. Your tears and heartaches are not in vain. You are needed in this fractured world.