If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. Sacrifice a lamb without blemish, commanded Moses, and sprinkle its blood on your doors. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he Continue reading
Here is the Good Friday sermon preached by Capuchin Friar Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Papal Household, earlier today at St. Peter’s Basilica. It is tradition for the Papal Preacher, rather than the Holy Father, to preach the Good Friday sermon.
JUSTIFIED AS A GIFT THROUGH FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith in his blood. He did this to show his righteousness […] to prove at the present time that he is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus”(Rom 3:23-26).We have reached the summit of the Year of Faith and its decisive moment. This is the faith that saves, “faith that overcomes the world” (1 Jn 5:5)! Faith – the appropriation by which we make ours the salvation worked by Christ, by which we put on the mantle of his righteousness. On the one hand there is the outstretched hand of God offering man His grace; on the other hand, the hand of man reaching out to receive it through faith. The “new and everlasting Covenant” is sealed with a handclasp between God and man.
Here is the video, see following post for the meditations.
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THE PASSION OF THE LORD MEDITATIONS
by Lebanese young peopleunder the guidance of
His Eminent Beatitude Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï
WAY OF THE CROSS 2013
“A man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” (Mk 10:17).
Jesus answered this burning question, which arises in the innermost core of our being, by walking the way of the Cross.We contemplate you, Lord, along this path which you were the first to tread, and after which “you built a bridge to death with your Cross, so that men might pass from the land of death to the land of Life” (Saint Ephraim the Syrian, Homily).
The call to follow you is addressed to all, especially to the young and to those who are tried by division, wars or injustice and who fight to be signs of hope and builders of peace in the midst of their brethren.We therefore place ourselves before you with love, we present our sufferings to you, we turn our gaze and our heart to your Holy Cross, and strengthened by your promise, we pray: “Blessed be our Redeemer, who has given us life by his death. O Redeemer, realize in us the mystery of your redemption, through your passion, death and resurrection” (Maronite Liturgy).
I Station: Jesus is condemned to death
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who are hidden disciples of Christ, intercede for Him making use of the high positions they hold. In the hour of loneliness, of total abandonment and of scorn…, it is then that they stand up for him audacter, boldly (Mark 15:43)…: heroic courage!
With them I too will go up to the foot of the Cross; I will press my arms tightly round the cold Body, the corpse of Christ, with the fire of my love…; I will unnail it, with my reparation and mortifications… I will wrap it in the new winding-sheet of my clean life, and I will bury it in the living rock of my breast, where no one can tear it away from me, and there, Lord, take your rest!
Were the whole world to abandon you and to scorn you… serviam!, I will serve you, Lord.
arbor una nobilis;
nulla talem silva profert,
flore, fronde, germine.
Dulce lignum, dulci clavo,
dulce pondus sustinens!
above all other,
one and only noble Tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peers may be;
sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
Sweetest Weight is hung on thee!
And it was night. Jn13:30 There is a chill that grips the heart as one reads those three words.
Judas moves into the shadows to betray his Master, His Lord.
As he closes the door of the upper room, he shuts fast the door of his heart to God’s mercy and grace. As he moves from light to darkness he seals his descison with that terrible kiss of betrayal.
The evil one has done his work, in those early hours of the morning, in the night, under the cover of darkness. Conniving, orchestrating, his lying lips pressed against the ears of those in his power, whispering fear, whispering hate.
The evil one has done his work. Jesus: falsely charged and cruelly driven before his captors to that dreadful place of execution.
Jesus: fastened to that tree of torture by Love, it is Love that holds Him fast on that tree of death.
Hate has done it’s work, now Love will show His power.
Love in vulnerability has shattered those bonds that hate holds hostage.
It is finished. Jn 19:30 The Sacrifice complete, mankind is freed from that curse of old. Love’s work is done.