Recently I noticed how often in Scripture Jesus experienced rejection. Passages were easy to find: the skepticism of religious leaders, the disciples who left after the Bread of Life discourse, the choice of Barabbas over Jesus, even the feeling of abandonment by his Father, and many more.

But Jesus does not reject.  I can imagine Jesus saying to us when we feel rejection:

“There is nothing you can do that would cause me to reject you. No, today and always you are my friend, and I will stand by you. I will not only stand by you, I will protect you, guide you, help you in your decisions. I am not a magician that will make your problems disappear. I am not a repairman who will fix every mistake. But I am one who loves you intensely.”

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  1. Sr. Susan Maria Kusz on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for this reflection. It helps to take this attitude to our daily work!

  2. Toni Fammartino on September 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is beautiful…so very comforting and encouraging! Thank you for sharing….

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