No Greater Love: Edward Sri


 Sri beautifully captures the essence of Christ's passion, inviting readers to reflect on God's love manifested on the Cross. Here are some poignant quotes that resonated deeply with me:

"The nails could not have held him fast to the Cross if love had not held him there first." This quote, found on page 6, encapsulates the ultimate act of love displayed by Jesus on the Cross. This challenges me to contemplate the depth of His love for humanity.

Another striking passage is found on page 15, where Sri reflects on Jesus' agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. He mentions how Jesus separates Himself even from His closest disciples to pray alone. This solitude highlights the intensity of Christ's suffering and His obedience to the Father's will, despite the overwhelming anguish He experiences.

Sri poignantly describes the agony of Jesus on the Cross, not just physically but also emotionally. He emphasizes how the leaders of the people drove nails not only into Jesus' hands and feet but also into His heart. "'...Why do they have to make fun of him like this? I'm so saddened by this, even more than when Jesus was nailed to the Cross.'... He wasn't just nailed to a cross in his hands and feet.... the leaders of the people he came to save-drove nails into his heart as well." page 77

"Yes, but are we more sorrowful over having offended God? Or are we upset over our not being as good or as holy as we think we should be?... What troubles us is not so much that we have offended the Lord, but that the ideal image we would like to have of ourselves has been smashed." page 87

In this, Sri challenges readers to examine their motives for repentance, emphasizing the importance of genuine contrition over merely feeling upset about falling short of personal ideals. 

As I journeyed through the pages of "No Greater Love," I was struck by Sri's insights into the spiritual battles we face, particularly the voices of rationalization and self-condemnation. He reminds us to rebuke these voices and instead listen to the thirst of Jesus, who seeks us out in love.

"Satan also uses the voice of rationalization... It's OK... It's not a big deal... I'm not hurting anyone... Everybody else watches that show... to blame other people for our actions..." page 178

Finally, Sri's reflection on Jesus' thirst on the Cross, deeply touched my heart. He invites readers to imagine Jesus gazing into their eyes and personally addressing them, saying, "I thirst." This intimate moment of encounter challenges me to respond to Jesus' thirst with my own desire for communion with Him.

"'It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God's desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours.'" page 201

"Imagine being at Calvary and Jesus from the Cross is looking at just you. He gazes into your eyes and addresses you personally, saying your name and then saying, 'I thirst.' How would you feel? What do you think he wants from you?" page 202

Through Sri's insights and reflections, I was challenged to contemplate the depth of God's love and sacrifice, inviting me to respond with gratitude and a renewed commitment to follow Christ more closely.

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