Reflecting upon the readings for this week, I still hear the echo of Our Lord’s words from past Sundays, of how he desires us to come closer to him and the love with which he desires us to love him, that we might more fully reflect the light of Christ in our hearts to others.
Along with these echoes, another realization also knocks on the door of my heart. We must “look on him whom we have pierced.”
It is as we who have crucified him by our sins, our apathy, our neglect and yet still he calls to us with infinite mercy and patience. The realization that we have pierced him through, that we have held him in contempt, that we have denied him, should open our hearts to a greater desire to love him, to serve him, to follow him.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the following:
598 In her Magisterial teaching of the faith and in the witness of her saints, the Church has never forgotten that “sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured.” 389 Taking into account the fact that our sins affect Christ himself,390 the Church does not hesitate to impute to Christians the gravest responsibility with which they have all too often burdened the Jews alone:
1851 We must regard as guilty all those who continue to relapse into their sins. Since our sins made the Lord Christ suffer the torment of the cross, those who plunge themselves into disorders and crimes crucify the Son of God anew in their hearts (for he is in them) and hold them up to contempt. And it can be seen that our crime in t his case is greater in us than in the Jews. As for them, according to the witness of the Apostle, “None of the rules of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We, however, profess to know him. And when we deny him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on him.391
“Nor did demons crucify him; it is you who have crucified him and crucify him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.392” – St. Francis of Assisi
May our worthy reception and reflection of the gift of the Eucharist and the sacrifice it entails lead us to a deeper repentance and conversion of heart.
Happy Fathers’ Day!
Father Michael Phillippino