04.19.14 ~ Holy Saturday At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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Rom 6:3

… we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death…

In Conversation with God:

… one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water… There it was that the gate of life was opened, from the sacraments of the Church flow; without these one does not enter true life…

Mary… suffers. Her Son can no longer feel; she can. Thus to the end, is the prophecy of Simeon fulfilled: a sword shall pierce your own soul…

… enter through our Lord’s open side until you find a refuge there in his wounded heart…

‘Empti enim estis pretio magno!’ you and I have been bought at a great price…

We don’t know where the Apostles were that evening while the Body of Christ was being buried. Perhaps they were hovering around, disoriented and confused: aimless, distraught, filled with sadness. If we see them together again on the Sunday, united once more, it is because on the Saturday, or perhaps on the Friday evening, they had turned to Our Lady. With her faith, her hope and her love, she protected the nascent Church, still weak and startled. Thus was the Church born – under the mantle of Mary…

Our Lady is rest of those who work, consolation for those who weep, medicine for the sick, a harbour for those assailed by tempests, pardon for sinners, sweet relief for the sad, succour for those who implore. 

CCC #540

Jesus’ temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.

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… there is nothing like Your love…

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