"If there is anyone who
wants to follow Me, let them renounce themselves,
let them bear their Cross
every day and let them follow Me”
Modern, civilized man who has
come to live in the era of amazingly fast transformations of civilization and is
very often unable to perceive the perspectives of eternity, preoccupied with
the chores of everyday life, he’ll live, to be some sixty or seventy years, and
not until on his deathbed, will he ask himself with anxiety at heart: what will
become of me next? Does God truly exist, and what about Trial by Ordeal?
Following the death of a
close relative such as wife, husband, daughter, son, sister or brother, our
heart is filled with sadness and sorrow.
Blessed Virgin Mary
suffered most of all people, when the body of Her beloved Son and God Jesus
Christ was removed from the Holy Cross. The sight of his Most Holy Countenance
streaming with blood, and of pierced hands, feet and
side penetrated Her Virgin Heart as though it had been a sword.
The detailed accounts of
the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ are contained in the four canonical
Gospels, written almost two thousand years ago, these are received with faith
and love but not by everyone. Many people just as Thomas the Believer hold an
opinion "seeing is believing". Let us try to see Christ’s
sufferingswith the eyes of contemporary
Thomas the Believer, for whom the world of computers, videos, satellite TV
programs and other inventions of the second half of 20th century is frequently
the only recognizable reality Whereas the Bible accounts of Jesus’ Passion and
Resurrection are barely unconfirmed tales and legends.
According to statistics, every
second two, every minute a hundred, every hour, as long as this film takes,
over six thousand people die on earth.
No matter whether they
believed in God and lived according to His commandments, or were atheists, or
declared to be believing Christians, but were not practising Catholics, they
all turned out to be equal in the face of death. They all had to face Ordeal
before Christ. The Eternal Bliss in Heaven, absolving suffering in Purgatory, or
the eternal damnation in Hell are now for them their reality and present.
We, too, still walking the paths
of our earth’s pilgrimage, will unavoidably sooner or later face the Divine
Justice to account for our deeds, words, thoughts and negligence. Death is only
the bridge joining earthly life with eternity. On the other end of the bridge
our Divine Lord – Jesus Christ is awaiting each one of us.
“Come to Me all who work and
bend under the weight of your burden, I will strengthen you, take My Harness
and learn from Me, to be silent and of humble heart, and you will find rest for
your souls, as My Harness is sweet, and my Burden is light”.