The Lenten observance of fasting is now complete. The death of our Lord, his descent into hell and his glorious resurrection is done. It is often a good practice to reflect on how one got to where they are now. Some of us may not have had a good Lent. Maybe we felt we didn’t grow in holiness. Perhaps the Lord had in mind other things for you to give up for Lent (and all together) than you had originally planned. Either way, none of us would be celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord if he had not endured the excruciating suffering of the passion.
In Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, she states
“Nothing in the whole course of the Passion grieved Jesus so deeply as the treason of Judas.”
No other man will ever suffer as much as our Lord did during the passion and yet it was the betrayal of Judas that caused Jesus more suffering than the agony in the garden, the scourging at the pillar, the carrying of his cross, the casting of lots and his crucifixion combined.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich revealed how perturbed she was in spirit and how she could not described her feelings toward the sight of Judas’s receiving our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. She says of the night of the last supper
“Judas was thus the third who received the Adorable Sacrament, but the words of Our Lord appears to turn aside from the mouth of the traitor, and come back to their Divine Author.”
In trying to understand this, we should now make absolutely sure when we go up to receive our Lord, that we are in a state of grace, lest the words of Our Lord turn aside from our mouths and come back to the Divine Author.
The motion picture sensation The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, was a source of inspiration from The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of the scenes were choreographed based on the actual writing itself.
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