Thursday, April 9, 2009

The 39th Day: A Sacrifice of Love

Dear Parish Faithful,

GREAT LENT - The Thirty Ninth Day

"On the cross, everything is ended, all is accomplished: the Lord reigns, the prince of the world is thrown out, the kingdom of Satan is abolished. Voracious Hades devours the Master of life but is unable to contain Him, for nothing in Jesus belongs to hell by right: no mark of shadow or of sin. The full and pure light of love illuminates hell and swallows up the source of all suffering. Let us not be afraid to speak of the death of Jesus - and of His resurrection - as a sacrifice because the sacrifice is an essential aspect of the love of the Father and the Son. The Father required no sacrifice to appease His wrath - this image of The Father's anger is secondary in the Bible. Rather, this is a sacrifice of offering, of descent and then of ascent, in search of the lost sheep. It is a sacrifice of consecration, of the exorcising of human nature corrupted by sin, of the healing of humanity sick through sin, and of the consolation of humanity bewildered in loneliness, far from the sources of living water. Jesus reaches and heals the intimate depths of humanity. This is a sacrifice of reintegration by which all of creation is brought back to the Father."

From "The Lamb of God Takes upon Himself Human Suffering," by Boris Bobrinskoy

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