Holy Week means increasingly entering into God's logic, the logic of the Cross,
which is not first of all that of pain and death, but of love and of
self-giving that brings life. It means entering into the logic of the Gospel.
Following, accompanying Christ, remaining with Him requires a "stepping
outside.” Stepping outside of ourselves, of a tired and routine way of living
the faith, of the temptation to withdraw into pre-established patterns that end
up closing our horizon to the creative action of God. God stepped outside of
Himself to come among us, He pitched His tent among us to bring the mercy of
God that saves and gives hope. Even if we want to follow Him and stay with Him,
we must not be content to remain in the enclosure of the ninety-nine sheep, we
have to "step outside," to search for the lost sheep together with
Him, the one furthest away. Remember well: stepping outside of ourselves, like
Jesus, like God has stepped outside of Himself in Jesus and Jesus stepped
outside of Himself for all of us.
Francis, the prime example of someone who practices what he preaches, will
“step outside” of himself today, when he celebrates Holy Thursday Mass in Rome’s juvenile prison. Blessed John Paul
II did the same in his travels and in his very public struggle with sickness
and old age.
How can we
step outside of our computers, our homes, or our workplaces? How can we step
outside of ourselves? Perhaps we can meditate on this as we gratefully remember
the way Our Lord did it for us, in His Passion and His death.
R/. Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
In the arms of his Mother they have placed
the lifeless body of the Son. The Gospels say nothing of what she felt at that
It is as though by their silence the Evangelists wished to respect her sorrow,
her feelings and her memories. Or that they simply felt incapable of expressing
It is only the devotion of the centuries that
has preserved the figure of the “Pietà”, providing Christian memory with the
most sorrowful image of the ineffable bond of love which
blossomed in the Mother’s heart on the day of the Annunciation and ripened as
she waited for the birth of her divine Son.
That love was revealed in the cave at
and was tested already during the Presentation in the Temple.
It grew deeper as Mary stored and pondered in her heart all that was happening
(cf. Lk 2:51).
Jerusalem on the donkey lent to him. The crowd seems nearer to the fulfillment
of the promise for which so many generations had lived. The shouts,
"Hosanna... Blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord!", seem
to want to express the meeting, now near, of human hearts with the eternal
Choice. In the midst of this joy which precedes the Passover solemnities, Jesus
is meditative and silent. He is fully aware that that meeting of human hearts
with the eternal Choice will not take place by means of the
"Hosannas," but by means of the cross.
So Catholics don’t know the
Bible, eh? Well the Dominican Sisters of Mary just showed the world how
important the Word of God is to the Catholic faith.
Sr. Maria Suso and her fellow
sisters on Team Sisters of Mary competedin The American
Bible Challenge on the Game Show Network this past Thursday, in order to win
money for their community and to promote the New Evangelization. And they won!
Sr. Suso hopes that anyone who
watched realizes, "that the joy that we have and the love that we have for
one another comes from Christ and that they can also come into contact with