We are all familiar with the dramatic readings of the Passion and Death of Our Lord. We also need to be mindful that the Gospel is not only a history of the past.
The Holy Gospel is a living, actual revelation. It helps us to discover what is happening today between Jesus and us. It explains to us how the Lord treats us and how we treat him. The Gospel is like a mirror: you only have to open to see yourself in it.
In the Gospel we learn about the Passion of Our Lord and it is also important to notice that we have the same actors on the Passion of Christ acting among us all year-round. And more importantly we play our part too:
1. The Indifferent: They are the tired ones, the mere spectators who do not like to get involved…..they let the others do everything.
When faced with injustices and tribulations, do I also use these problems as justification to be indifferent to my Christian duty?
2. The Cowards: They are the ones who -- like Saint Peter -- in difficult moments say “We do not know this man.” They are Christians who probably hear many sermons and attend Mass every Sunday. But when things get ugly -- when there is the cross and bloodshed -- they speak and act as if they have nothing to do with Christ.
Am I also a coward at certain times?
3. The Executioners: Known for being uncompassionate. They are brutal and have hearts of stone. They use sadistic methods to punish others.
How often have I sentenced others with unjust judgment and arbitrary calumnies?
4. The Victim: Innocent, hurting, patient. Just persons who suffer, innocent people facing persecution, elderly people labeled as useless, unwanted orphans, aborted children, struggling single mothers….
Don’t look far. In our midst are those who suffer, cry, are hungry, are sick, unemployed, in jail, they feel alone….. Through their lives, the compassionate Jesus, with a thousand different faces, continues in our midst. Each day he begins anew the way to Calvary.
And we, what part do we play? We can choose the role we like. We can do with Jesus whatever we want, or we can do what Jesus would have done.
Let’s also not disregard the faithful servants, the listening hearts, the friendly faces. We can give to Jesus present in our brothers and sisters, works of mercy, compassion, solidarity and unity.
Well then, who will be Veronica? Who will be Simon of Cyrene?
In the beginning, Simon of Cyrene felt indignant and did not want to carry the cross. Little by little, his attention focused on the man walking ahead of him. His companion was so patient, dignified and silent, so brave and strong in suffering.
In the beginning, all Simon could see was the burden of the cross, but in the end, he was able to see Jesus and he rejoiced that he could help and accompany him on his way.
Dear brothers and sisters, the true Christian is the one who knows that there is no greater happiness than to share the pain of Christ, present on the lives of our brothers and sisters. When we accept the cross for love of the Lord then his will is accomplished in our lives. During the Holy Week that is upon us, I invite you to experience this mystery of the Christian joy that surpasses all understanding.
Questions for Reflection
1. In which group am I?
2. Do I help Christ carry his cross?
3. How do I share with others?
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Translation: Carlos Cantú
Edited by: Catholic.net
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