Friday, March 30, 2018

Behold the Man. Crucify Him!

"So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he [Pilate] said to them, “Behold, the man!”  When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!”  (John 19: 5 - 6).

The Church is not" those people."  In fact, it is you and me. The redeemed.  How should we see the gory events of this day.  Reflect on the words below:

"It is love "to the end" that confers on Christ's sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life. Now "the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died." No man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all men and offer himself as a sacrifice for all. The existence in Christ of the divine person of the Son, who at once surpasses and embraces all human persons, and constitutes himself as the Head of all mankind, makes possible his redemptive sacrifice for all."  (CCC 616).

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