On this saddest of days, we remember the anniversary of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

This Man, whom the human race still wrestles with to this hour, haunts many like a ghost or a nightmare, while cheering others like a spring morning.

This Man, who is at the same time the True and Only God, both angers and gladdens human hearts, unites and divides human minds.

This Man, who turned the world upside-down and inside-out in three brief years, puzzles and shatters spirits, some to ruin, some to glory.

No other figure in human history - in cosmic history - can set the teeth on edge or hearts a-flutter other than Him.

No other figure in human history - in cosmic history - can unleash bitter rage or penitent tears other than Him.

No other figure in human history - in cosmic history - can shake the foundations of all that we are and all that we can be other than Him.

On this day when the midday sky went black of it’s own accord for three hours…

On this day when the Earth shuddered witnessing the Crime of Crimes committed by Adam and Eve’s descendents…

On this day when Nature mourned for the death of it’s Maker on a cross of wood…

Let us all repent of our sins, big and small, open and secret. For those sins killed this Man Who did nothing wrong, Who did nothing but good all His life. He who is the God-Man.

As we honor the Crucifixion and Death of the True and Only Messiah, permit us to link here to G. K. Chesterton’s words on this day from his book The Everlasting Man. This book many consider his greatest work of all. (Our thanks to the Blog of the American Chesterton Society for putting this up.)

Read and ponder Gilbert’s words, as he ponders the Word made flesh dying to rescue us from damnation after death.

Then act on what you ponder.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us. Mary, Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.


Tyrone Ferrara Friday, April 6, 2007 at 11:07:00 AM CDT  

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. - Good Friday

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