We are mid-week through holy week and it’s coming to the nexus of suffering and sadness. Jesus is the man of sorrows. Even today the spirit of Judas is in the Churches using Christ as a shield for unspeakable sins. They insinuate themselves like wolves among lambs and devour some while they scatter the rest.
” For if my enemy had reviled me, I would verily have borne with it. And if he that hated me had spoken great things against me, I would perhaps have hidden myself from him. But thou a man of one mind, my guide, and my familiar.” Ps 54:13-14
We have all experienced the duplicity of someone we love and trusted. So deep and harsh the wound. It was this faithlessness that set the passion into motion. Have we been more Judas than John? Have we forgotten our loyalties by being seduced by the things of the world? Crowned with thorns, abandoned by His friends, tortured and murdered, let us be at the foot of the cross and keep vigil. Soon the tomb will be enclosed and the world will think Him dead. Yet we know His victory. You can not separate the passion from the resurrection. Joy and sorrow shift and move and blend. This week, with all its bitterness, has the greatest and profoundest of joys. He will live again and does live with us and in us forever. Make yourself a fitting palace for such a Man and rejoice in the new life to come.
“The soul of the just man is but a paradise, in which, God tells us, He takes His delight. What do you imagine, must that dwelling be in which a King so mighty, so wise, and so pure, containing in Himself all good, can delight to rest? Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He told us, He created us in his own image and likeness.” -St Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle