“No one could convince us that this solemn attestation does not correspond to historical truth, that the one who says he was there and saw it was really not there and did not see it,” mentioned Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household. “What is at stake, in this case, is the honesty of the author. On Calvary, at the foot of the cross, was the mother of Jesus and next to her, ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’ We have the testimony of an eye-witness!”
His affirmation of religion got here on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, in his homily throughout the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord in St. Peter’s Basilica, presided over by Pope Francis.
Why such “unbounded” consideration to the cross of Christ? Why is that this image “omnipresent” in each Christian place?
Fr. Cantalamessa solutions: “On the cross, God reveals himself…himself as he really is, in his most intimate and truest reality. ‘God is love,”’ John writes (1 Jn four:10), oblative love, a love that consists in self-giving, and solely on the cross does God’s infinite capability for self-gift manifest the size to which it’ll go.”
Reminding the congregation that the Church will maintain a Synod on Young People this yr, Fr. Cantalamessa identified that the apostle John possible joined Jesus when he was fairly younger and his presence on Calvary might have a particular message for right this moment’s youth.
“It was a real falling in love,” Fr. Cantalamessa defined. “Everything else all of the sudden took second place. It was a ‘personal,’ existential encounter. Whereas at the heart of Paul’s considering is the work of Jesus—his paschal thriller of demise and resurrection—at the heart of John’s considering is the being, the particular person, of Jesus. This is the supply of all the ‘I am’ statements with divine resonance that punctuate his Gospel: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’; ‘I am the door’; merely ‘I am.’
“It is appropriate during this year that we make an effort to discover together with young people what Christ expects from them, what they can offer the Church and society. The most important thing, however, is something else: it is to help young people understand what Jesus has to offer them.”
John not solely provided the instance of his life however left a message straight geared toward younger individuals, Father continued. The message is available in John’s first letter, from an elder John to younger individuals in the church buildings he based:
I write to you, younger males since you are sturdy, and the phrase of God abides in you, and you’ve got overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the issues in the world. (1 Jn 2:14-15)
“The world that we must not love and to which we should not be conformed, as we know, is not the world created and loved by God or the people in the world whom we must always go out to meet, especially the poor and those at the lowest level of society,” Fr. Cantalamessa continued. “‘Blending in’ with this world of struggling and marginalization is, paradoxically, the greatest manner of ‘separating’ ourselves from the world as a result of it means stepping into the path from which the world flees as a lot as it might. It means separating ourselves from the very precept that guidelines the world, self-centeredness.
“On the cross Jesus not only gave us an example of self-giving love carried to the extreme; he also merited the grace for us to be able to bring it to pass, to some extent, in our lives. The water and blood that flowed from his side come to us today in the sacraments of the Church, in God’s word, and even in just looking at the Crucified One in faith. One last thing John saw prophetically at the cross: men and women of every time and place who were turning their gaze to ‘the one who was pierced’ and who wept tears of repentance and of consolation (see Jn 19:37 and Zac 12:10).”
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