Taking Another’s Place



Key Bible Verse: For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 2:21-25

The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) is a monastic movement that gives themselves to friendship with Jesus and a willingness to do anything for the kingdom of God. There are stories of these Christ-followers going to prisons and actually seeking to exchange themselves for those incarcerated. The condemned goes free as they serve in their place.

Peter seems to say that the heroic should be normal for people of the cross. Like the foster or adoptive parent who takes another’s child into their home. As the substitute, stand-in parent, they must be prepared to absorb much. Adoption is one parent taking the place of another and providing love and care. It also means that, in some cases, you absorb the pain of another. Some children have seen their lives shattered. It’s hard for them to comprehend the adult world that crumbled and left them without a home, friends, and stability. Sometimes they do understand and are rightfully enraged. Either way, it is the adoptive parent who, as a way of life, absorbs the pain due another. When their child lashes out with words of frustration and actions of anger, trying to cause harm, it’s the new, substitute parent’s job to absorb what is meant for another in the name of Jesus, as Jesus did for us.

– Robert Gelinas in Living Sacrifice

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