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his enemies plotted against Him…. He formally enters into His Sacred Passion in the Garden of Olives! .From the cradle to the grave. & the evening sun casts a shadow of a clearly marked cross. From the moment His public ministry began after His baptism in the Jordan. He is the Man of Sorrows… This picture depicts beautifully Christ after a hard day’s work stretching out at the door of His simple home in Nazareth.
’ His arrest was a matter of expediency.…Jesus sweats blood in his sorrowful agony for our sins. but he compromises to protect himself & Roman dignity.’ Overcoming his human nature he renews his Commitment and Mission. His 3 companions could not watch one hour with him…. but Thine be done. let this Chalice pass from me. anguish! He is all alone. His love must be most wonderful since He died my soul to win. Pilate knew him to be innocent. not justice. gloom. ‘My soul is sorrowful even unto death’ He pleads. . ‘Better for 1 man to die than for the whole nation The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane .Imagine His despair. An unknown poet wrote. He feels abandoned. ‘I cannot tell how He could love a soul so weak & full of sin… Yet. yet not my will. ‘Father! If it be possible. forsaken as it were both by God & Man…He says.
Teach us how to pray and to accept always your Divine Will.• Repentance Heavenly Father. but your Will be done. we pray that we may feel sorrow for our sins. " Not my will Lord. we pray for the conversion of the whole world. .
His Body Torn Apart and in pain… Betrayed by Judas. whip inlaid with iron points.The scourging at the Pillar Picture this sad scene…as Jesus is scourged. his skin is lashed. false witnesses alone . denied by Peter…his Apostles whom He called friends -frightened. afraid and in hiding. He faces his tormentors.
we pray that you grant us the graces of purity and chastity according to our state of life. We pray that you forgive us for the sins committed in our bodies which are your temple and we ask you to forgive us and to forgive the whole world. .The Crowning with thorns -Overcoming the flesh Heavenly Father.
his face & body bruised. jostled. goaded. pushed.Carrying of the cross Christ is led out of the city. disfigured! Her tears of grief flow at the short memories people have. turned upon by people He had helped? She sees Him exhausted. the lack of . suffering along with Him. kicked. dragged along. putting his arms tenderly about it. kisses it lovingly. ridiculed. picture the sad scene! The cross is held up before him. He leans toward it. saluting the altar upon which he is to offer up this holocaust of love to his Father – for our Redemption… Mary is there – observing. wearied. Seeing her son mocked.
causing blood to flow out afresh… Picture Christ willingly climbing onto the cross. the soldiers pull & stretch His limbs – Hear the nails being hammered in as he is crucified. The cross is then raised & pushed into a hole to receive it – jolting & enlarging wounds on his hands and feet!! . The soldiers strip him exposing his sacred body…Their rough handling reopens his wounds.Remaining crucified in imitation of Jesus Jesus now limp & crushed reaches Golgotha.
’ . let us ask forgiveness like this repentant thief… He looks at his sorrowful Mother – worried He feels forsaken He cries. ‘I thirst. ‘It is consumated.From the cross Jesus speaks ….7 times… Father! Forgive them! He asks pardon for us who have offended him… The repentant thief.’ Places his trust in His Heavenly Father… Bows His head and dies.
with the crosses that you have given us in our sufferings. our temptations from the world. limitations and sicknesses….The Agony & Death of our Lord Jesus Christ Heavenly Father. as we unite with Jesus at Calvary. misunderstandings. the devil and the flesh.. our passions. as we crucify our will. . Unite us O Lord Jesus to your Most Precious Blood. trials. have Mercy on us and on the whole world. We pray that you accept our offering.
We are saved by His Death & Resurrection.. By his Resurrection & His passage to the Father. for those who believe in him. who like Jesus transcends pain. He lifts up men with Him to live forever in glory…. despair… In other words – THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DESPAIR IN CHRISTIAN LIFE!!!!! .is the meaning of Christ’s death & Resurrection. not only His death alone. suffering.The passing from darkness of sin & death to life…. This is the great joy & hope for the human race.
REPENT! BE RECONCILED! BE CONVERTED! IT IS THIS RESURRECTION WHICH MAKES OUR FAITH DIFFERENT!!! .His Resurrection is central to our faith. without which we would believe in vain & been deceived. Thomas doubted the truth of the Resurrection! DO YOU BELIEVE? IF YOU DO. We show our lack of faith each time we refuse to forgive! Each time we refuse to reconcile preferring to nurse our wounds!!! The Apostles were frightened.
God Bless you .