April 4, 2014

"The Magnitude of Christ's Sufferings is Unimaginable..."

Photo: Living Rosary Association

"The magnitude of Christ's sufferings is unimaginable. He suffered in Body and Soul. The Son of God suffered, the Son of God died. All through His Life, He was never free from suffering for His Passion was ever present to Him. The Cross was the central point of all His thoughts. Consider the road of agony He traveled from the Garden of Gethsemane stained with the sweat of blood, to the house of the high priest; from the high priest to Pilot, who sent Him laden with the Cross to Calvary and to death; His way was lined with enemies on all sides: priests, people, pagans and Jews, men of high and low degree. How numerous were His wounds! How cruel the blows with which He was struck! How great His loss of blood! There was no member of His Body, no power of His Soul that did not suffer. To this desolation, His friends and apostles contributed, for they too forsook Him. The most cruel torment was the thought of the many souls for whom all His sufferings would be in vain. His suffering was voluntary and He embraced it with all His Heart, "Not my will, but Thine be done."

Christ's Life was one of devoted patience, meekness and holiness; it was full of strength and resoluteness, animated and inspired by the love of God and obedience to the heavenly Father. His patient suffering is beautiful and loveable, worthy to be admired and imitated. May it fill our hearts with love and sympathy, making our patient endurance of pain meritorious and precious in the sight of God! We gaze upon the Man of Sorrows and begin to grasp the horror of sin. Who will know the depths of the sorrow of the crucified Heart of Mary as the lifeless and mangled Body of Her Son was placed in Her arms?

Daily now, during the Penitential Season of Lent and of our own martyrdom, we remember you at the Sacred Altar, where we are all bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, one day to bask in His Eternal Glory. Have Courage!" 

 (Fr. IVAN KOLODIY, Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE)

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