Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Passion of our Savior

"...the Passion of Christ comes out of its cold historical frame and stops being a pious 
consideration, presenting itself before our eyes, as terrible, brutal, savage, 
bloody...yet full of Love. And we feel that sin cannot be
 regarded as just a trivial error: to sin is to crucify the Son of God, 
to tear his hands and feet with hammer blows, 
and to make his heart break." 
--St. Josemaria Escriva

Although Christ knew what was before him in His Passion, he climbed the way willingly. It is a historical fact, but will we do more than simply consider the event as we enter the Easter Triduum?

We are Judas, but he is our Savior--Offering forgiveness and a way out of our choices when we betray him and take our lives from his eternal redemption. 

We are weak-willed disciples, but he is our Savior--Forgiving us when we refuse to stay with him in his hour of despair.  

We hide in fear, but he is our Savior--Loving us anyway as we turn our backs to him when his holy back is scourged, torn and bruised.  

We are Peter, but he is our Savior--Seeing into our souls with eyes of mercy when we deny him our loyalty and friendship.

We are the hands who pierced his Godhead with our mockery, but he is our Savior--Pierced for our sins, wounded for our transgressions. 

We are Veronica, he is our Savior--He consoled us in our despair as we consoled him in our own mourning for the impending doom.

We  are Simon of Cyrene, he is our Savior--sharing his cross with us so that we will learn of Him and carry his cross to every nation, tribe and tongue.  

We are his torturers, but he is our Savior--Absorbing the blows of our sin as his sinless body is nailed to the Cross.

He is our Savior--Naked and exposed for our sake. Our scapegoat: absorbing the violent humanity with his holy atonement for sin. 

He is our Savior--Taking the blame of his beloved Creations' Sin when we refuse to confess him as Lord and Savior by our apathy; our indifference to the Truth of his atonement for humanity.

We are the mob, but he is our Savior--Forgiving us when we knew not what we were doing to our Creator!

We are John, he is our Savior--Commanding us to honor his Blessed Mother; the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church in flesh.

We are the reluctant believers who finally believed that he is truly the Son of God.  He is our Savior--calling to all who doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.


  1. So glad I found this as we begin the Triduum.

  2. I solemnly read these words early afternoon this blessed Friday ...