Sunday, April 5, 2009
V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you
R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
The cross - instrument of torture and death and glorious throne for Our King. The cross is always beyond our grasp and yet it is the center of our lives. This moment is the center of time and eternity. John's head is hung down; he cannot look at his Friend. Mary's eyes are fixed on her Son.
Just over a day ago at supper, John rested his head on Jesus' chest. He heard His heart beat. In moments, it will stop beating. His Friend will die, and John will take care of His Mother.
Mary looked at Jesus' eyes bright with joy in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, at Cana, and in so many other places. Now His eyes are not bright and the breath of life will soon leave Him.
"Look at the Man!"