Pull back the curtain and let the Son shine in … Friday, May 17

English: The Holy of Holies; illustration from...

The Holy of Holies. The curtain has been taken out of the way.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And the sun was darkened, and the earth quaked, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.” Luke 23:45, Matthew 27:51. It took all of this, the agony of Christ, to tear that curtain in two. Tearing the curtain in two made the Holy of Holies assessable. There was no longer a barrier between God and man. The sacrifice of Jesus takes this away. Now we have access to the Holy of Holies, we can come to God with no veil in between. Think of the Eucharistic Presence. We can go to Him because He comes to us. Even creation reacted with an awe that made the sun hide its face and the ground tremble. Nothing like this had ever happened before and would never happen again. When we compare the various Gospel accounts we see that the rocks split and some of the saints of old came out of their graves and walked the streets of Jerusalem. The stoney material that sin has made of our hearts can be broken away, and we can walk away free, alive, and with Christ Jesus. It didn’t look that way then (looks can be deceiving) but its our reality now.

Today … St. Restituta

St. Restituta

“I am the Virgin Martyr. I suffered in the persecutions of Valerianus. My birth was at Ponizara, Africa. I was tortured in Carthage by fire. Almost like the later Vikings funerals, I was tied to a board, which was loaded with incendiaries, and accelerants. The vessel was set afire. The grace of God allowed me to drift to the coast of what was later to become Italy with my remains. I died a martyr in 255 at Carthage.”

Quote … “What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.” ~ St. John Chrysostom ~