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were you there when we crucified our lord?
"Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, 'Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.' After He said this, He expired." —Luke 23:46
Are we sleeping instead of praying with Jesus in His bloody, sweaty agony? (see Lk 22:46)
Have we ever kissed someone sinfully and thereby betrayed Jesus with a kiss? (see Lk 22:48)
Have we ever drawn the sword of physical or psychological violence, irrespective of the Lord's wishes? (see Lk 22:50)
Have we ever sold Jesus by sinning financially? (see Lk 22:5)
At home or at work, how many times have we denied Christ in our words or our silences? (see Lk 22:57ff)
Like Herod and Pilate, have we ever made friends at Jesus' expense? (see Lk 23:12)
Have we ever let ourselves be manipulated into sharing in Christ's crucifixion? (see Lk 23:18ff)
When we carry our crosses, aren't we like Simon of Cyrene? (see Lk 23:26) When we repent, aren't we like the good thief, who is with Jesus in paradise? (see Lk 23:43) When we renew our baptismal promises a week from today, won't we be making an act of faith as the centurion made at the foot of Jesus' cross? (see Lk 23:47) When we decide to live and die for love of Jesus, won't we be like Jesus?
Prayer: Jesus, I throw my palms and my life at Your feet.
Promise: "The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." —Is 50:4
Praise: All hail, King Jesus, Suffering Servant and Messiah! God has highly exalted You and given You the name above every other name (Phil 2:9). All glory be to You!
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2000