Posted by: fvbcdm | March 7, 2013

Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity (7 Mar 2013)

As we draw nearer to the supreme days of the Easter Triduum, there is more and more to think about and to pray about in our liturgies.  We hear it said in the gospel that they did not arrest Jesus in the temple “because his hour had not come.”  What was the “hour” of Jesus? It was that high point of his career as redeemer when he gave his life on the cross and then resumed his life with his resurrection from the dead.  The fact that they did not arrest “because his hour had not come” means that Christ our Lord was in total control of his own life, death, and resurrection.  He was arrested, put on trial, condemned, tortured, and crucified when his hour had come for those things to happen. He entered into his passion and underwent all that suffering when he willed to do so, and not a moment earlier or later.  Human pride and malice are always operative in the world, but they are totally powerless to frustrate the divine will.  On the contrary, they ACCOMPLISH the divine will. We call the day on which Jesus died in so much pain “Good Friday.” Why? Because on that day, he accomplished our salvation. True, it was his enemies who brought about his death, but we must always remember that they would have been totally powerless to do that unless “his hour had come.” And when we speak of them as “his enemies,” we are speaking only from the human point of view. They hated him, but he loved them. They nailed him to the cross, and he died on that cross for their redemption. Of himself, God has no enemies because God is love. If we wish to alienate ourselves from him and think of him as our enemy and then offend him, that is our choice, not his. He continues to love us and to send us the graces necessary for our conversion and redemption. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown., O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

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