Reflections on the final three words of Jesus from the Cross by my good friend Msgr. Richard Lavalley.
I find today the strangest day of all. We have celebrated Good Friday, and so the Church is silent, since we have not yet begun the Easter Vigil. But this year the period of time between the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and the Easter Vigil has united the world.
The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. Do you have a disciple’s tongue? And what is a disciple’s tongue anyway?
What difference does it make? Have you ever felt this way? Wondering if what you are doing is making any difference at all? We are currently in such a time right now. We are “social distancing” against a virus we cannot see. Does it make any difference?
God is not always practical. His plans are not always pragmatic. Sometimes, perhaps often, God’s plans are incredible, that is, difficult to believe. We are called to love enemies and persecutors. We are called to help the poor, the refugee, the migrant. It is in giving that we receive.
Rev. Brother and Deacon Christopher Johnson, O.P., has always admired Abraham. It took immense faith and courage to leave behind everything he knew to trust in God’s promise. It took even greater faith to offer up his greatest treasure, his very son, to God. Yet when called, Abraham answered. In the same way the saint today, St. Francis Paola, answered the call to leave behind the comfortable religious life he had found in Italy for the more difficult job of teaching the nobles and royalty of France about humility and charity.
Today it struck me in hearing the readings that perhaps the woman caught in the act of adultery may not have actually been caught in the act of adultery. Could it be that she, like Susanna in the first reading, was falsely accused? Was that what Jesus saw in those accusing her, the same evil intent of the men in the first reading?
Throughout these readings, God is portrayed as a peaceful savior of his people. Not once does he attack anyone or force anything.
Another reflection from my good friend, Msgr. Richard Lavalley, pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Winooski, Vermont.
Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls our attention to the fact that Jesus knew He would die if He went up to Jerusalem, and yet He went anyway. Why did He go? He went for love of us. Fr. Simon Felix reminds us of this, and then reminds us that we are all called to follow in His footsteps; to be willing to lay down our lives for love of others.