Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP…

…one of my favorite priests in the world (I dedicated By What Authority? to him) is offering Lenten reflections.  Here he is on yesterday’s readings:

Love this man. I am particularly gobsmacked by his observation that the most sinister temptation Jesus faced was to abandon us by acting in his divinity. I’ve never seen that before. Wow.

And if you missed it, here’s the first in the series, also fantastic:

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  • Pilate light

    Christ didn’t act in his divinity in the desert, but he certainly did later in his ministry (miracles, etc.). I wonder how father would respond about that. Did christ abandon us when he multiplied the loaves, or was that not a supernatural occurrence?

    • chezami

      Why would you assume that Fr. Sweeney therefore means that Jesus never worked miracles? Quite obviously he is making the point that Jesus indentifies with us completely in our sufferings and does not ditch us when the going gets rough. Why do people *insist* on assuming the worst and accusing?

  • WesleyD

    Christ did act in his divinity when working miracles. But when his Passion began, he did not. As Chesterton said, the most amazing thing about Christ’s trial was that he didn’t just vanish, as he had when the crowd wanted to make him king. He didn’t use his divine power to lessen the pain of the cross.

    Perhaps the general rule is this: One of Jesus’ goals was to give us an example to follow, and he could only do that when not acting through his divine nature.