"With Christ I am nailed to the cross. It is now no longer I that live but Christ Who lives in me" Gal. 2: 19-20
As Catholics we have heard from the time we were little “Offer it up.” From a little headache to a
very serious emotional or physically hurt, we were encouraged to “Offer it up.” It wasn't until I was an adult that I pondered the meaning and purpose of “Offering it up.”
Now I understand it as redemptive suffering. Redemptive suffering is the belief that human suffering, when accepted and offered up in union with the Passion of
Jesus, can remit the just punishment for one's sins or for the sins of another.
life, we are going to suffer various minor and serious physical, mental, emotional and spiritual trials. We can choose to grumble about it or we can surrender it all to Jesus. We can choose to unite our suffering with Jesus suffering during his Passion. It
can be redemptive and it can be effective in helping someone open their hearts to receive Jesus' healing and forgiveness.
We may never know in this life how offering up our sufferings has helped someone else break free of the bondages that have held them for so long. Sometimes God allows us to experience the joy of seeing someone break loose of a life
of sin because of our prayers and offering up our suffering for them.
I can just imagine
when we finally arrive in Heaven that those we were praying for and offering up our sufferings will greet us and thank us for offering up our sufferings for them.
Redemptive suffering is one of those areas that can be difficult to fully understand but when we look at Scripture and what Jesus taught and how his followers lived, we can see that it is something
that God is encouraging us to do.
Jesus help me each day to offer up my little and big sufferings, difficulties, annoyances and unite them to you on the cross.