Rise, Fall, Contradict … Monday, April 8

Presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas)

Presentation of Christ in the temple (Candlemas). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “And he said to Mary, ‘Behold, the Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted.’ ” The fall and rise of many = Follower of Jesus or one of the crowd calling for His death? Contradiction = An expected political messiah or a spiritual Messiah? The rise and fall of many = Peter or Judas? Contradiction = Simple bread and wine or flesh and blood? The rise and fall of many = Saul or Paul? Contradiction = The Jewish Levitical high priest or a Priest from the tribe of Judah? The rise and fall of many = John the Baptizer proclaiming repentance and the coming of the Christ or the “spiritual” path of the Pharisees? Contradiction = A simple carpenter or the Anointed One of God? The rise and fall of many = Physical or spiritual Israel? Contradiction = A King descended from David or “We have no king but Caesar!”? To make it personal, to bring it down to the third millennium. The fall and rise of many = Saint or sinner, good Catholic or mediocre follower of relativism? Contradiction = Pro Jesus, Who is Life itself, or “pro-choice” resulting in a choice of death. (What’s the REAL difference between abortion on demand and “Crucify Him!”?) The fall and rise of many = Choose you this day who you will serve. Joshua 24:15. Contradiction = “Cafeteria” Catholics. It’s a simple verse, isn’t it? But it isn’t easy.

Today … St. Aedesius. Martyr and brother of St. Apphian. Aedesius, a Christian of some note in Caesarea, now part of modern Israel, witnessed the persecution of Christians, the result of Emperor Diocletian‘s policies. He publicly rebuked the local Roman officials who were placing Christian virgins in brothels as part of the persecutions. Arrested, Aedesius was tortured and then drowned. The fall and rise of many = Loyal Roman citizen or loyal follower of Jesus? Contradiction = None.

For Christians … When we remain in Christ to fall is impossible, to rise is to be like Him. The only contradiction involved is between the “us” that we are as opposed to the “us” that we can be in Him.

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The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and Meditation

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I love the Divine Mercy Chaplet almost as much as my Rosary. 🙂 I have heard, and I believe this, that Jesus told St. Faustina to pray the Chaplet on Rosary beads and not a separate string designed especially for His Chaplet because He wanted folks to pray His Mother’s Rosary too. One thing that has always bugged me about the Chaplet is that there are five decades but no mysteries to meditate on like with the Rosary. Or at least none that I’m aware of. I was thinking about that one day and it came to me that the Chaplet revolves around the Passion. “For the sake of His sorrowful passion …” And the thought came, “This chaplet concerns the passion, it has five decades, there are Five Holy Wounds as per His passion. Why not use these as meditations with the chaplet?” Now I have…

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A “risen”, a “doubting”, and forgiveness … Sunday, April 7

The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. Th...

The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. The phrase at the bottom is Polish for “Jesus I trust in you.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 20:19-31 is today’s Gospel reading. There’s a lot here. A risen Christ, a doubting Thomas, the power to forgive sin, and more. Think about the sort of God who has the power to resurrect Himself from the dead. It’s not everybody who can get up and walk away from their own grave. Think about the sort of God that is willing to bear with a doubting Thomas, even to the extent of proving Himself to a mere creature. Think about the sort of God that not only forgives sin happily but also gives His priests the opportunity to share in and administer that same love. What sort of God is this? One that has wounds, One that listens even tho He knows what Thomas is going to say before Thomas does, One that forgives even after having been dealt a deadly set of wounds and invites others to share in forgiveness. Loving, sharing, forgiving, and understanding because He has been there and done that. There’s only One that fits the description, isn’t there?

This is the same One that blessed Saint Faustina with the revelation of Divine Mercy Sunday. The same One that blesses us each on that same Sunday even now. Mercy never ends in this life. I’ve heard it said, “God is the God of second chances. As many as it takes.” Today is Living proof of that. “Living” because He lives, “proof” because just as He showed Thomas His wounds He gives us access to them as well. He told Thomas, “Put your hand in my side!” Today He tells each of us to hide ourselves in the wound just below His Sacred Heart. This is no small thing. It’s the one thing that, if accepted, could keep Hell empty and make Heaven overflow. If accepted.

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20:31b. That’s you and me, if we believe. It takes faith, a real believing, to know He’s risen without having been there. It takes real faith to look at the Host and see Jesus just because He said so when we weren’t even there to hear it. It takes true faith to believe that those wounds are there for MY, because its personal for each and every one of us, benefit. It takes faith to say, “Jesus, I trust in You.”

“Once He had risen, Jesus gave His followers a new unity, stronger than the kind they had before, invincible, because it was founded not on human resources, but on The Divine Mercy which made them feel they were all loved and forgiven by Him. It is therefore the merciful love of God that firmly unites the Church, today as yesterday, and makes humanity a single family; the divine love, which through Jesus crucified and risen, forgives our sins and renews us from within.”

Pope Benedict XVI … Emeritus

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