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Good Friday: True Identity Of Jesus Revealed Through Suffering; Our Suffering Identifies Us With Christ

With the tabernacles empty, several times today, I have sat down to pray with a crucifix and scriptures. Such prayer on Good Friday has been equally fruitful as praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament the other days of the year. For the sake of brevity, I will not go into much elaboration, as I wish to simply review several correlations in today’s Readings which highlight the significance of this salvation event. Isaiah says of the suffering servant: “so marred was his look beyond human semblance / and his appearance beyond that of the […]

The Nature Of The Church: Express The Heart Of Jesus

Homily For Holy Thursday: Given At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Cathedral, Anchorage “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” (Ecclesia De Eucharistia #1) With these words, St. John Paul II began his final Encyclical in 2003, in which he chose to write upon the mystery of the Eucharist and the life that we as Church draw from it. On this Holy Night when Jesus gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room to celebrate the First Eucharist, The Church was born.  This is the basis for our understanding that our life as Church is […]

Bethany: Model Of Companionship With Jesus

As we continue our Holy Week Journey, we find Jesus in Bethany with his dear friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  (John 12: 1-9) The cenacle where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples is very near the temple.  From there, one simply crosses through the Kidron valley and up the hill to enter the Mount of Olives.  And from there, it is a simple stroll up and over that hill and down again to Bethany.  All of these sites lie within very close proximity to each other. This final visit of Jesus to Bethany […]

Called and Sent to Live the Gift of Faith

In today’s readings, we hear in the Letter to the Hebrews about faith, which is defined as follows: Faith is the realization of what is h0ped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It was by the gift of faith that Abraham was capable of answering God’s call to leave behind the familiarity of his homeland to journey to a place where God would make of him a great nation.  Abraham and his descendants believed in God’s promise to be with them.  They believed in the faithfulness of God.  They believed in the love […]

Good Friday: Humility, Obedience, Suffering Lead to Fulness of Life

Good Friday, 2013  Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10 ) Christ sheds His blood for us that we might be redeemed and made sharers once again in the Life He shares with the Father.  This life that Christ shares with us comes through His humility, His obedience, and His suffering.  If we are to share fully in the life He offers, we too must be humble before God, obedient to Christ and His Church, and willing to embrace the suffering that life entails. From the cross, Christ […]

Via Dolorosa

On this First Friday of another Lent, as many will make the way of the cross, the world community is once again awaking to the sad news of a major earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.   It is still too early to know the extent of lives lost, but we know already more than 300 are reported dead and hundreds more missing. As so many take on good works and acts of sacrifice, penance, and fasting this day, we join our sufferings to the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Japan and others in […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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