Frequent meditation on Our Lord’s passion is essential for our spiritual lives. It’s almost like a pitch pipe for a schola. Every now and then, the pipe is played to keep the schola from going flat. The same is true with us. We may be living and practicing the faith, but eventually we may slowly start to slip into acedia, or lukewarmness. We begin to go flat, so we need a little tute to get us back on the right note.
Then we hear the Gospel like we hear it today:
“They shall look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:37) and in the book of Revelation we hear “every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him” (1:7).
This is the first homily I preached for my good friends, the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cresson, PA.
“to all who received Him, believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God.”
What a profound statement this truly is! Our Lord took on flesh and entered this world as we all do- in the womb of a Mother. He truly experienced the human condition in all aspects except for sin. This very weakness is His strength that he offers to each of us.
What does it mean to become a child of God? And what is this power that Saint John speaks of? Read More