Can You Drink the Cup?

PDF EBook by Henri J.M. Nouwen

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"The cup of sorrow, inconceivable as it seems, is also the cup of joy. Can You Drink the Cup? PDF EBookOnly when we discover this in our own life can we consider drinking it." (38)

"Jesus' unconditional yes to His Father had empowered him to drink his cup, not in passive resignation but with the full knowledge that the hour of his death would also be the hour of his glory.His yes made his surrender a creative act, an act that could bear much fruit.His yes took away the fatality of the interruption of his ministry.Instead of a final irrevocable end, his death became the beginning of a new life.Indeed, his yes enabled him to trust fully in the rich harvest the dying grain would yield." (50)

"Nothing is sweet or easy about community.Community is a fellowship of people who do not hide their joys and sorrows but make them visible to each other in a gesture of hope.In community we say: 'Life is full of gains and losses, joys and sorrows, ups and downs—but we do not have to live it alone.We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care.'" (57)

"The Eucharist is that sacred mystery through which what we lived as a curse, we now live as a blessing.Our suffering can no longer be a divine punishment.Jesus transformed it as the way to new life.His blood, and ours too, now can become martyr's blood—blood that witnesses to a new covenant, a new communion, a new community." (68)

"We need to be able to let our tears flow freely, tears of sorrow as well as tears of joy, tears that are as rain on dry ground.As we thus lift our lives for each other, we can truly say: 'To life,' because all we have lived now becomes the fertile soil for the future." (74)

"When we are committed to do God's will and not our own we soon discover that much of what we do doesn't need to be done by us." (100)

"Drinking the cup is an act of selfless love, an act of immense trust, an act of surrender to a God who will give what we need when we need it." (106) Like this book? Read online this: A Life Well-Lived, Drink of Me.

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