Christ is alive! We need to keep reminding ourselves of this, because we can risk seeing Jesus Christ simply as a fine model from the distant past, as a memory, as someone who saved us two thousand years ago. But that would be of no use to us: it would leave us unchanged, it would not set us free. The one who fills us with his grace, the one who liberates us, transforms us, heals and consoles us is someone fully alive. (cv 124)
O God, our refuge in trials, our strength in sickness, our comfort in sorrow, spare your people, we pray, that, though rightly chastised now by affliction, we may find relief at last through your loving mercy.
In this evening, we keep vigil, contemplating Jesus who gives himself into the hands of the Father, whose will he fulfills perfectly; into the hands of sinners, for whom he lives the Passion; into the hands of death, which he will win. In the humble and surprising sign of the bread broken and given, we recognise this mystery of love.
With the list of evils that the Gospel of Mark presents in front of us, it is important to acknowledge: “it touches us”, that is we are not exempted from these things; these are attitudes that we have within. These attitudes are present in us and could surprise us at every moment. Let us examine ourselves
The Cross of Christ does not only demonstrate Jesus’ silence as his last word to the Father but reveals that God also speaks through silence: “the silence of God, the experience of the distance of the almighty Father, is a decisive stage in the earthly journey of the Son of God, the Incarnate Word.
Her appointment with the Crucified Lord was a must in her day. Their meeting place was «Santa Maria» Church. He, behind the grated glass, looking even more tormented in the picture, and still more utterly alone in his moral anguish, unique …
The beauty of offering oneself to God and others as a response of love….
The same Christ who in Bethlehem, as a Child, accepted the gifts of the Magi Kings, is still the One to whom men and whole Peoples “open their treasures”. The gifts of the human spirit, in the act of this opening before God Incarnate, take on a special value, become the treasures of various cultures, the spiritual riches of Peoples and Nations, the common heritage of the whole of mankind.
Death is not the end, but truly a beginning. God desires for all of us to be in union with Him for all of eternity.
Maria bambina, you who are dear to the heart of Jesus, pray for us