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gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my
face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.Isiah 50:6
Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
not regard equality with God
to be grasped.
he emptied himself,
the form of a slave,
in human likeness;
found human in appearance,
obedient to the point of death,
death on a cross.Philippians 2:6-8
stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus
his hand to his sword, drew it,
struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.
Jesus said to him,
your sword back into its sheath,
all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
you think that I cannot call upon my Father
he will not provide me at this moment
more than twelve legions of angels?
then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled
say that it must come to pass in this way?”Matthew 26:51-55
saving plan, “the mystery of his will,” mentioned in Ephesians 1:9, teaches
that all creation makes one significant circular movement from God and back to
to “recapitulate” all things in heaven and on earth in Christ (Eph 1:10).
the Big Circle, St. Maximilian Kolbe says that Consecration to Mary uses us
wholly and without reserve to accomplish Mary’s mission of crushing the head of
Satan (Genesis 3:15) to extend the blessed kingdom of the Sacred Heart of
motto of the Militia Immaculatae (Latin for “Army of the Immaculate One”) is
“To lead all men and every individual through Mary to the Most Sacred Heart of
source of all grace:
FROM the Sacred Heart of Jesus THROUGH the hands of Mary.
Mary, The Miraculous medal depicts Mary standing on a globe with rays of light
(graces) streaming from the rings on her fingers.
“Mediatrix of all grace” is an idea expressed in Kolbe’s Marian consecration-
“God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to Mary.”
wanted to complete that Circle from God and back to God for us.That is why Jesus wanted neither the sword
nor legions of angels to stop his saving plan.Jesus is completing the plan through his Passion and death on the Cross.
(“Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish
by the sword.” Matthew 26:52).
heard Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 3:38-48 during Lent: Do not counter violence
with violence, or it will bring evil upon you.
wife could not stop the Passion. She sent Pilate a message, “Have
nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because
returning the thirty pieces of silver could not stop the Passion of the
kiss of betrayal was to fulfill and complete what happened to King David during
the Sheba uprising. David sends his general Joab to the northern front, where
he meets his political rival Amasa. After extending a fraternal greeting, Joab
grabs Amasa by the beard, tenderly kisses him, and fatally stabs him. As the
commentators say, “Joab’s kiss and Judas’s were very much alike.” (Matthew
Henry). In both, the traitor leaves Jerusalem with a large group, comes upon a
brother, greets him, seizes him, kisses him, and brings about his death.
was also a low point for Peter, perhaps the worst moment of the worst day of
his life.Lastly, Peter denied Jesus
three times, under oath, but unlike Judas, Peter did not kill himself.
The cock crows...
returned to the disciples, who reminded him that Jesus forgives sinners. Judas
never went back.He deeply regretted
what he had done, returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and
elders, saying, “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What
is that to us?
Judas confessed to the wrong people.
sadness and regret burden us, retreating into isolation is tempting but
dangerous. (Prov. 18:1) The wise course is to stay close to fellow believers
and regain spiritual strength (Heb. 10:24, 25).
parade could not stop the Passion of the Christ--
John Naisbitt remarked, “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in
front of it.” Jesus wasn’t looking for a parade. The parade was looking for
if we don’t repent from sin can we stop the Passion of the Christ from saving
act by reason and will, but we don’t always choose God’s will. And if we sin
gravely and don’t fully repent, then we won’t make it back to God. The failure
to return to God is the great tragedy of human life.
thanks be to God! For he sent his only Son to save us and bring us back to God.
says: I’m not going to ride above you, all high and mighty. I’m going to be
here on your level.
I will maintain my covenant with you and your
descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your
descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the
land in which you are now staying, the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent
possession; and I will be their God.” God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant
throughout the ages.”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my
glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say,
‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. … But I do know him and I
keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was
glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have
seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham
came to be, I AM.”
Brother Jesus, may I come to know God ever
more and keep his word with your guidance and stirrings with my heart.
Jesus attempts very pointedly to explain to
the leaders that he and God are related in his use of I AM.Today we understand his words to illustrate
two persons of the Trinity; to the Jewish leaders, they thought he blasphemed.As the notes to the NAB state, John’s use of the
term I AM “is the one reserved for the Logos,” preexistent with the
The Jews could not see past the reality that
Jesus was human. God’s gift of faith allows us to see in his humanity how we
can touch the “I am” within us which links each of us to the divine wholeness
that is God.Consider that we can touch
“I am” placed within each of us by Jesus’ humanity and divinity.As we shed tears of loss just like Jesus most
certainly shed over the deaths of beloved grandparents Anne and Joachim, we
know him.The potent awe felt as we
witness a beautiful sunset leads us to an “I am” as surely as Jesus watched and
admired Nazareth skies, perhaps even thanking the Creator who placed such art
into the sky for his – and our - enjoyment. We are linked to him who walked
dusty roads as our feet are sore and shoulders achy from our honest labor
whether Jesus touched a laptop or not. We know “I am” through excitement
tempered with sadness when we leave comfortable environments even as Jesus must
have experienced when he finished hammering together that last table or chair
in Joseph and Son’s carpentry shop, preparing to leave his hometown forever to
be about his Father’s business. When we touch our deep, human moments we can be
sure that Jesus our brother touched those moments too.The “I am” that is us is bound to “I AM” when
we accept God’s gifted, covenant relationship and keep God’s covenant which is
fulfilled in Jesus.
day we have the opportunity to reconnect with our Lord and Savior through his
Brotherhood.As we go about our tasks,
consider each one a connection.Take
each moment for a prayer – gratitude for the comfort of our home, cozy as
Jesus must have been in Nazareth.Solidarity for those who do not have enough to eat as we drink our
coffee this morning, welcome as Mary’s bread must have been to her hungry
son.Solidarity with those who are ill
as we take our vitamins or medications.Make your day a keeping-faith, covenantal day with Jesus.