Friday, April 10, 2009
The world will go on as if Jesus’ death does not matter . . . There is at the same time an avoidance of death and a removal of oneself from the sacredness of life so that death becomes an escape. This is a culture of death, a running away from life.
Jesus did not run away from death or avoid it but rather picked up His cross and suffered and died at the hands of sinful men. His death was not dictated by an escape from or an opposition to life.
. . . Scripture challenges us to meditate on these mysteries for in these mysteries we come to what the Evangelist calls "the hour of [Jesus’] glory.”
. . . God answers our unbelief by drawing all men to Himself through His Son who is lifted up on the tree.
. . . “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
The world goes on as if Jesus’ death on the cross does not matter. Yet in His Cross and Passion and Death, Jesus has redeemed the world . . .