Jesus has made us part of God’s family. Not only that, he helps us through our times of difficulty – through his suffering, he can be with us in our suffering. He understands.
11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[k] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester (1230 A.D.)
Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, For all the benefits you have won for me,
For all the pains and insults you hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
And follow you more nearly
For ever and ever.
I dedicate this day to you, mighty God.
I pray that your Spirit will lift me up this day, and that your face may shine upon me all the day long,
that I might do your will and lead a new life in Christ, reborn in the Spirit.