Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Good Friday 2017

The Cross and Suffering

Introduction :

Saints who understood and realized the mystery of suffering, embraced the cross with love and joy.

They not only accepted suffering willingly and bore it patiently but rather clamoured for more.

Saint Paul, who suffered much during his missionary journeys, exclaimed "Far be it for me to glory except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in which is Salvation, Life, and Resurrection".

The celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ during Lent and specially during "Holy Week" invites us to reflect and to understand the "Mystery of the Cross".

We are called upon to unite our pain and suffering with the "Suffering Messiah" and offer ourselves unreservedly to the Eternal Father.

That is what, we are expected to do at every mass which is a "Memorial of the Sacrifice of Calvary".

What does a Memorial of the Sacrifice of Calvary Mean ??

It is not a mere remembrance or a representation of Calvary. Rather it is a "'Re--Presentation of Calvary".

The Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary and the Sacrifice of the Mass is "One Single Sacrifice". The Victim is one and the same : The same Christ now offers the Sacrifice of the Cross through the ministry of Priests; only the manner of offering is different".

"In His Divine Sacrifice, which is celebrated in Holy Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner".

( Catechism of the Catholic Church N0 -- 1367)

To understand a little more of this sacrifice mysteriously made present, we must realize that the Sacrifice of Calvary is the "One Single Sacrifice".

There are not many sacrifices.

The Sacrifice of Calvary offered two thousand years ago and the sacrifices of Mass offered in our churches yesterday, today, and tomorrow; Masses offered all over the world are numerically one and the same "Sacrifice of Calvary".

Conclusion :

The Bread and Wine are "Symbols" of our offering. The tiny drop of water mixed with wine does not remain separate, but it mingles itself and becomes one with the Wine.

So, Our Sacrifice though insignificant becomes one with the "Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and has an infinite value".

Let us contemplate the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" by standing with Mary at the Foot of the Cross.

Credits and References :

"The Mystery of the Cross"
By Father Edward D'souza S.D.B.
Pages 8-9
April 2007, Vol -8, N0- 12
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai

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