THE PASSION -- A SIGN OF GREAT
LOVE (JOHN 18:1-19:42)
When a person is about to leave this
life, he tends to be romantic in the right sense and leave a
memorial by which he will be remembered. One can be so impractical
as to leave a pyramid as a memorial or be more sensible by leaving a
sign of great love. . .if there was love.
Christ chose to leave behind, as a
memorial, His greatest act of love for man.
A true act of love always consists
of two elements: that the person is unmindful of his own and the act
is always a humble act removing all grounds for pride. In the
Eucharist, Christ brings to our mind His life, His purity and His
In meditating on His passion, we
must consider, firstly, the wickedness with which he was betrayed;
secondly, the manner He was judged; thirdly, the cruelty with which
He was crucified; and, fourthly, the glory with which He was raised.
The cross of Christ gives us two
considerations: one is a mystery, the other is an example. The
mystery is for our meditation, the example is for our imitation. The
mystery is the manner by which Divine power operated: the exemplar
is the devotion with which Christ fulfilled His mission for mankind.
The Passion of Christ removes all
excuses man has for not being holy. It shows that temptations can be
overcome, that persecutions are not insuperable nor death
frightening for those who believe in Him.
Blessed Alonso de Orozco