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How many Christians can witness to personal experiences of gazing up at Jesus on the cross, praying for strength to make it though sufferings — and experiencing Jesus’ presence. This presence with Jesus — sharing, as it were, his eternal life — becomes the strength we need, not only to live through our sufferings, but to be transformed by them to a deeper union with Jesus. ( Creighton University on line)
In this Gospel, Jesus gives instruction on handling problems with persistence, while seeking repentance and forgiveness.
He speaks of prayer and its importance within community, mirroring Old Testament verses.
In both passages, he stresses the strength of Christian union in action and prayer.