He is risen: He is not here! The Corpse, laid by the hands of them that loved their Lord, on the slab that lies in that cave, is risen; and, without removing the stone that closed the entrance, has gone forth, quickened with a life which can never die. No man has helped him. No prophet has stood over the dead Body, bidding it return to life. It is Jesus himself, and by his own power, that has risen. He suffered death, not from necessity, but because he so willed; and again, because he willed, he has delivered himself from its bondage. O Jesus! Thou, that thus mockest death, art the Lord our God! We reverently bend our knee before this empty tomb, which is now for ever sacred, because, for a few hours, it was the place of thy abode. Behold the place where they laid him! Behold the winding-sheet and bands, which remain to tell the mystery of thy having once been dead! The angel says to the women: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified! The recollection makes us weep. Yes, it was but the day before yesterday that his Body was carried hither, mangled, wounded, bleeding. Here, in this cave, from which the angel has now rolled back the stone –in this cave, which his presence fills with a more than mid-day brightness- stood the afflicted Mother. It echoed with the sobs of them that were at the burial, John and the two disciples, Magdalene and her companions. The sun sank beneath the horizon, and the first day of Jesus’ burial began. But the prophet said: ‘In the evening weeping shall have place; and in the morning gladness’ (Ps. 26:6). This glorious, happy morning has come, O Jesus! and great indeed is our gladness at seeing that this same sepulcher, whither we followed thee with aching hearts, is now but the trophy of thy victory! Thy precious wounds are healed! It was we that caused them; permit us to kiss them. Thou art now living, more glorious than ever, and immortal. And because we resolved to die to our sins, when thou wast dying in order to expiate them, thou willest that we, too, should live eternally with thee; that thy victory over death should be ours; that death should be for us, as it one day give back, uninjured and glorified, these bodies which are to be lent for a while to the tomb. Glory, then, and honour, and love, be to thee, O Jesus! who didst deign not only to die, but to rise again for us!
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Written by Fr. Osvaldo Briones
Friday, 11 April 2014 20:41
Jesus falls the second time
Why this second fall of the Savior? Ah! It is not only about to illuminate our darkness and overcome our sins of ignorance: The original sin also has degraded our free will. Now, we are subject to vanity, even unintentionally; demons solicit us to evil, external objects seduce us; passions lead us. We find into ourselves a law of death, fighting against the rectitude of our reason: I do not do the good I want, but the evil I hate. Our Divine Redeemer, wishing to repair our nature, not only to give us the science of salvation, to make us to understand how much his law is just and holy: but also, he strengthens our free will by his grace. He merits for us all the help we need to do not succumb to our weakness. And that is why, bearing in his body the pain of all our frailties, he collapses again under the weight of the cross.
Jesus ascended laboriously to Calvary:His adorable face was covered in blood and spits;pain had made him unrecognizable.A holy woman saw him:touched her heart with tender compassion to recognize her divine Master;and, approaching him with love, she wipes with a piece of linen his disfigured face.Immediately all the features of Jesus were engraved on this piece of cloth, and there leave imprint his living image.So Jesus reward to the faithfulness and dedication of this holy woman;but also to trace in us, all the features of his own life. He teaches us, not only to carry the cross,but also to trace in us all the features of his own life.Man was originally created in the image of God, buthe had to work to make himself perfect, as the heavenly Father is perfect.But sin erases the features of resemblance, it defaces the divine image and makes it unrecognizable, so that we no longer see in him but passions of ignominy and stains.That's why it was necessary that Jesus handed before us the divine pattern that we have to copy.To completely cure our ignorance, divine wisdom is sensibly manifested by the humanity of our Savior;it (divine wisdom) became palpable (perceptible), in order to be our light and wisdom, and printing in us his image and likeness;it surely leads us through all the trials, to the blessed life of eternity, because it constantly keeps our eyes on the author and accomplisher of our salvation, and it does not allow us to leave his footsteps.
In a crossroads where Our Lord, being overwhelmed by the weight of his cross, was assisted by Simon of Cyrene.
Our Savior fell under the weight of his cross; the Jews seeing that he could not recover despite all the blows they gave him; fearing that he came to die before being crucified; they forced a man of Cyrene, Simon, who was returning from his field, to help him to carry his cross up to Calvary.O fateful relief that was dictated only by the rage and cruelty!Simon consented initially to help the Lord to carry his cross, in spite of himself. But the grace was working in his heart; the virtue of the cross was springing up everywhere; so, he soon felt the effect of this divine virtue that walked before him;and even was rewarded for helping our divine Savior to carry his cross, he received from him the precious favor of seeing his two sons, Alexander and Rufus, called to the number of his disciples.
The Church of Jesus Christ, both virgin and mother has for model the Virgin Mary, mother of the Savior.After the first fall, Jesus meets His Blessed Mother, to teach us that man, having lost the supernatural light, cannot now, without the Church, to arrive at the unity of the faith, the life-giving knowledge of the Son of God.The human race needs the deposit of revealed truths by the Savior, always keeps inalterable;it (human race) needs that a living authority and always subsisting by itself, it decides independently of all disputes of doctrine, and it may discern infallibly error from truth.Man, blinded by sin, will not find any light, if not meets the Church; only by the Church Jesus is manifested in the world.Because the Church, represented by Mary,cannot be separate from the Son of God:she accompanied him to Calvary, deposited him in the tomb, met him in the resurrection;she attended to his Ascension;and, though remaining until the end of the world on the earth, the Church follows Jesus by spirit and heart in heaven.