Tuesday, December 18

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And when they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him.” Luke 23:33. It occurs to me that everyone, sinner or saint, ought to cringe at this. Its more than the execution of an innocent man, its more than mans inhumanity to man, it is the human race rejecting their Creator God. As horrible as the death was, the rejection was worse. Malice, ignorance, ego, pride, all of these crucified the Christ. And, as a fallen birth right, we own all these qualities. There is no one, from Adam and Eve down to the last person born, who doesn’t share the guilt of this act. That’s because our sin, and we all have sin, 1 John 1:18, made all of this necessary. That’s a sorrowful mystery, more so than any other. For every sorrow there is a remedy. Look in your Bible. Never once is sorrow mentioned as being in Heaven. That’s because it’s an impossibility there. God’s presence, which is what Heaven is all about and what makes Heaven Heaven, allows for nothing other than joy. The crucifixion and joy seem mutually exclusive. And they would be if they were of human invention. But, happily, they’re not. God did this. The crucifixion, with its sorrow, leads to Heaven with its joy. There’s really only one way to understand or solve this mystery. That’s to take part in it.

Today … St. Auxentius was a Roman soldier and a Christian. Because of his Faith he wouldn’t take part in the sacrifices made to pagan gods. Of course he was persecuted. He was ordained a priest and later became a bishop. In standing with and for Christ he took part in Christ. All of the trials involved with being a persecuted Christian soldier, being a priest, the responsibilities of a bishop, Auxentius knew sorrow. But the sorrow aside, because he knew Christ he experienced joy. This is no mystery really. Its being a faithful follower of Jesus. Just as Christ’s crucifixion leads to Heaven so does being a faithful follower of Christ put us on a joyful path that takes us down sorrowful paths but ends up at the Heavenly Portal.

Look up at the Cross … “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” C. S. Lewis.

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