August 9, 2022     3:35 pm
120. Week of Fifth Sunday in Lent - Sunday
Led Him away to crucify Him
          And they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for His only son   Zechariah 12:10
          Now the soldiers, under the command of a captain, took off the scarlet mock-robe from Jesus, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. And He bore His cross. And it seems that He collapsed under the burden of His cross. For they met a man coming out of the country, Simon, of Cyrene in Africa, the father of Alexander and Rufus, well-known Christians of later days: him they compelled to bear Jesus' cross, and he carried it after Jesus. And a great crowd of the people followed Him, and of women who bewailed and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said: "Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming in which they shall say; Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare; and the breasts that were never suckled. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Thus Jesus foretold the great and terrible doom that was to come upon the Jewish people, the dry tree, because it rejected the Saviour, the green branch. He did not desire tears of human pity, but tears of repentance. Tears of repentance are tears of the faith which knows that Jesus bore our sin and our penalty for us, tears, therefore, of contrite sorrow and of a grateful believing heart. Such tears the prophet foretells, saying: "And they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son." God grant to us the Spirit of grace and of prayer so to view and so to mourn Jesus.
          PRAYER: - Alas, my Lord and Saviour, of myself I am in no way sufficient or able to meditate properly and beneficially upon Your holy Passion. Therefore I pray You to have mercy upon me, and to give me the Spirit of grace and of prayer that I may know that You suffered because of my sin, to redeem me from it, and to make me righteous before God and eternally blessed, to the end that I may truly mourn for my sin, and also thank You with a joyful heart for having so graciously saved me. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:35 pm