|Detail of Hosios Loukas, Greece, 11th century|
like they had never done before.
time contemplating these words. But, alone in our Church this past Tuesday of
Holy Week, I was touched to do so while contemplating Jesus’ Seven Last Words
from the Cross.
… for all of us?
more than the end of Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross.
that Jesus had come to do was accomplished!
done to save us!
consider the immense glory of this statement that Jesus proclaimed
from the Cross!
has been accounted for —
and suffered for every evil committed from all eternity!
His suffering, but a proclamation that ALL Christ came to do
humanity, forever united with Him, into heavenly glory!
as Man in Mary’s womb,
unto the last drop of His blood on the Cross.
astounding understanding is gained!
genocide, every holocaust, every act of terrorism and
persecution, every addiction and murder and divorce, every
suffering of the innocent, every heartbreak, every abortion, every
martyrdom, every sin and suffering that had ever occurred and would continue
to occur to the end of time! Not only did Jesus atone for and suffer for
these tragedies, but He also was and is present — suffering in those who suffer, in
ALL of these terrible tragedies (as well as in the big and small sufferings in
each of our lives)– because as the Divine Son of God, He is beyond all space and time!
atoned for! ALL has been done to save us!!
I believe it and cling to this knowledge when I am in the midst of sin and
to save us!” (2 Cor 5:21)
our suffering, and our sin upon Himself, He opened the gates of heaven wide for
ALL who repent, receive, and cooperate with this Forgiveness, this Pardon, that He accomplished for us!
more could He have done to save us?!
endured…we should have immense confidence in Him!
finished” as He said!
in Him, we are ALL commended to the Father in the Spirit.
in faith, hope and love!
Him, so also to rise with Him to new and eternal life!” (cf. Rom 6:5, 8; Col 3:1).
then… each day
in our lives, in our families, in our marriages, in our world and in our
assured of His mighty power to save!
brought the dead to life!
all humanity’s sins from the beginning unto the end of time!
but His Cross is HIS GLORY and Ours – it is our salvation, it was what He wanted to achieve by becoming Man.
still, my Savior and my God!” (Ps 42:11, 5; 43:5)
Not only does He atone for all our sufferings,
His –for He is “ALL in ALL!”
through and with us – bearing the bulk of our suffering, sin and shame…
Death — leading us to Freedom!!!
You have set
Free from fear, worry and anxiety if
we never lose our hope in You!
gave us freedom to either choose You or not.
for Jesus said: “Amen, Amen, I say to you, anyone who sins is a slave
of sin” (Jn 8:34).
set us free!
suffering and our sin – freeing us from this unbearable weight and its eternal
consequences so we can live in eternal freedom, if we so choose!
power He has given us in our free will?!)
experience an eternity of glory in heaven.
unfathomable goodness and the glory You wish to bestow on us – a glory of union
with God Who created us and loved us so much that He rent the heavens and
came down (Is 64:1) to live among us, and to suffer unto death
to save us!
experience even on earth, especially in the Mass, in the Eucharist and Holy Communion, when
He again rends the heavens and comes down to live inside of us
– proclaiming with love and forgiveness to our souls, “It is finished!”
glory. Also, let us pray for ALL those who have not yet accepted Jesus and ALL He has
accomplished for us, that they may soon freely choose Him and His Salvation!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Let us rejoice and be glad in the victory that has been won for us!