Did Jesus gain insight through meditation

Closing ranks with Jesus - meditation in difficult times - impulse from P Claudius Bals OSB


Much is being said, written and seriously thought about in these days of the pandemic about God and faith. Questions are asked: Is the pandemic a punishment from God for excessive behavior by many people? Has God withdrawn from his creation? Why doesn't God intervene? Where is the success of our supplications? Some theologians withdraw and speak of God the absolute mystery, the utterly incomprehensible and incomprehensible, the completely different who is not there to correct a difficult situation caused by man.
These are certainly also ways of experiencing God. But the Holy Scriptures speak a different language: “Many times and in many ways God had spoken to the fathers from ancient times through the prophets. At the end of these days he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made to inherit the universe, through whom he also created the world. ”(Heb 1: 1f)


Trusting in God his Father, Jesus walked through this fragile world, grappled with people, even with his own disciples, and dealt with evil up to the cross.
Jesus did not give people an insightful theological answer, as we are sometimes desperately looking for today, but has faced life and creation as it is.


His answer and his example consisted in the fact that he made love the standard of his life in all encounters with people and all challenges in life and through all suffering.


When we pray on Good Friday: “In the cross there is salvation, in the cross there is life, in the cross there is hope”, then we are touching the deepest secret of our lives. In suffering there is not only darkness and darkness. Suffering is not just restricting life or even betraying life. In suffering, i.e. in the cross, we find life, life that challenges us to love, life that leads us to trust beyond every darkness and lets hope grow in us like a mustard seed beyond death.
What great figures have grown out of deepest suffering and cruel death who still give us that consolation and hope that we long for. How many people today give their lives all over the world for the poor and afflicted or bravely walk the path of truth like a Navalny in Russia.
We should be grateful for the great achievements in science, politics, health and social services in the face of the pandemic. How many fellow citizens go to the limits of their capabilities, many, perhaps most of them without an explicitly Christian faith. People grow with their challenges. This is what we mean when we pray: “In the cross there is salvation, in the cross there is life, in the cross there is hope.” These are not pious phrases in the liturgy of Good Friday, but are the real view of life in faith.


In dealing with orphaned parents, I have made the experience that some who have dealt with their difficult fate and found a deeper insight into life and attitude to life still ask themselves the question: Did it have to be such a difficult stroke of fate to get to this inner one Maturity to come? Is the whole thing still in the right relationship? We had to leave that question. In view of these problems, we too only have a humble look at the cross and the answer that Jesus gave to the disciples on the way to Emmaus: "Didn't the Messiah have to suffer all this and thus come into his glory?" (Lk 24:26)


These are not religious attempts at appeasement, but a source of strength to best cope with the reality of life. It is the oil in the human operating system to cope with the challenges that come to us again and again in different ways.
If we ever ask ourselves the question again, where is God in this world? So the answer can only be: in solidarity with Jesus.
If the corona crisis shakes the foundations of our society, then the church is called upon to proclaim and demand the immediacy of love and everyone who does service in the kingdom of God to indulge in it in all humility. May God give us insight and strength in prayer!

P. Claudius Bals OSB