Today is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation.
What does that mean for you and for me? It gives us the moment to celebrate what Jesus did for us. Jesus suffered, died and rose from the dead and gave us life eternal. It freed us of all our sins and it has made us his sons and daughters.
We can’t celebrate this on Good Friday so the Passionist around the world today have a party, a thank you and time to really celebrate in thanks for our freedom as children of God.
When you really think about it what does it really mean to have been saved and redeemed? You have to really think about this. St. Paul of the Cross tells us if we wish to be men and women of prayer all we need to do is to look at Jesus crucified hanging on that cross and let the cross speak to our hearts.
I want to read a few of the beautiful Scriptures that speak to us about this:
• God so loved the world that he gave his only son.
• God did not spare his own son but gave him up to die for us.
• The Son of Man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for us all.
• Let us take pride in nothing but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
• He is our salvation, life and resurrection.
• He has rescued us set us free.
We know that Jesus experienced untold sufferings in his passion. I remember watching on Palm Sunday here in the retreat house and by the way, I invited all of you to join us: “The Passion of the Christ”. It was very vivid and hard to watch. Some people were disturbed by it and thought you should never been shown however, it did show us very vivid details what Jesus went through in his passion and suffering.
By meditating on the passion is the most efficacious means to root out vices and to practice the virtues.
So today, we give thanks to Jesus crucified for having suffered and died. And freed us from our sins. This is a great day to celebrate to be thankful and to remember that Jesus loves us so much that he endured the passion and death who has given us new life.