04.15.14 ~ Tuesday of Holy Week


Is 49:2, 5

He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me… the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…

In Conversation with God:

Bound to the pillar. Covered with wounds.

The blows of the lash sound upon his torn flesh, upon his undefiled flesh, which suffers for sinful flesh. More blows. More fury. Still more… It is the last extreme of human cruelty.

Finally, exhausted, they untie Jesus. And the body of Christ yields to pain and falls limp, broken and half-dead…

After this… can you ever fear penance? …

Jesus, adorned with a mock insignia of royalty, hides and yet at the same time gives a glimpse of his greatness as King of kings under this most tragic exterior. The entire creation is subject to his slightest gesture. The weaker he appears, the more promptly should we wish to affirm this title of his, which he possesses by his own right. His kingdom is a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace. As we contemplate these scenes of the Passion, Christians cannot forget that Jesus Christ is a king with a heart of flesh, like yours…

The reign of sin, wherever sin dwells, is a reign of darkness, sadness, loneliness, deception adn lies. All the tragedies and calamities in this world, and our personal sorrows, find their origin in these words, Nolumus hunc regnare super nos, we do not want this man (Christ) to reign over us…

CCC #500

Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, “brothers of Jesus”, are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary”. They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression.


… what have You done? murdered for me on that cross, accused in absence of wrong… too much to make sense of it all…


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