Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

Kathryn Rombs // Genius of the Call


April 15  

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there . . . Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:33-34).

The cross is our life, our healing, our comfort, our hope. In his Passion, death, and resurrection, Jesus becomes the perfect sin offering, the new Paschal Lamb, offering himself as a sacrifice to the Father for the redemption of humankind. This is the greatest event of all time, the cause of our joy: Christ triumphs over sin and death through his total gift of self—out of perfect love for the Father and for us. All brokenness, sin, destruction, and evil are subsumed in the Paschal mystery. The blood of the lamb is poured out so that the angel of death may pass over us and that we may enter into eternal communion with God. “O happy fault that merited so great a redeemer!”

As you approach Christ in his crucifixion, what wounds need healing? What doubts need the cure of faith? What fears need the cure of hope? What resentment or anger need the cure of forgiveness? What anxiety needs the cure of peace? The cross is our medicine which is more powerful than our affliction; it is mercy more powerful than our fault. Let us give Christ everything—all our talents, virtues, and love; all our sins, vices, weakness—in exchange for his gift, which is his very life. As he laid down his life for us, let us lay down ourselves for him and let him make of us saints.   

Father, we ask for the grace by the power of the Holy Spirit to love and adore Jesus on the cross right now more fully and completely than we ever have before. Mary, please pray for us that we may love your son with your perfect, maternal heart. May we rest in your care as you teach us, your children, to have hearts on fire with divine love for our savior. Fill us with the zeal of the Holy Spirit and may our love set the world on fire with love for Christ. 

*This post is directly from our Mighty Is Her Call “Mother’s Rosary Guide” written by Kathryn Rombs, Ph.D. and Jolly Hormillosa. It is available as an e-book or hard copy in our store. Order Your Copy Today!

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