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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Monthly Reflection - April 2015 - ‘Do you believe?’



Recently I was reading the passage from the Bible from John 19:35-37, and a particular passage made me think a lot. The passage is about the death of Jesus…

The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for you? Do you believe that your sins where nailed to the cross?

Whatever Jesus did, whatever Jesus said, it all depends if we believe it or not. Whatever Jesus did and said, it was for all humankind… for everyone… for you in a personal way. The question is ‘Do you believe?’

The important issue here is that to believe in the cross, is to believe in the meaning of it. According to the "Catechism of the Catholic Church," the Crucifixion represents the ultimate sacrifice and a gift from God to humankind. Because humans had repeatedly sinned and broken covenants, the only proper atonement was the sacrifice of God's own son, poetically described as "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." In an official (encyclical) letter to Catholics in 2013, Pope Francis explained that the death of Jesus demonstrated the love of Christ for all people, and that "at the hour of Christ's Crucifixion" it was clear that "the depth and breadth of God's love shone forth."


So, let us enrich our faith, let us believe in the cross.

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