Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 4, 2012

Third Question: Wednesday of Holy Week

Once again, I’ve lifted something from The Christian Book Corner’s Facebook page for your Lenten/Holy Week stimulation:

“Today is the third day of Holy Week. It used to be called Spy Wednesday. Does anyone know why, when, it got that name? No prize will be awarded, but it might help in becoming more
aware of what we are re-living…not just remembering..or, even, celebrating, this week.

In the Office of Readings for “Spy Wednesday” there is a selection from an Easter homily by Saint Melito of Sardis, a bishop. Its a straightforward, no nonsense presentation of the “work” of Christ, in through and for us, His people; in through and for history, even. One might think of yesterday’s question while reading the the Saint’s words. One of the quotes that stands out is this one: “It is he who endured every kind of suffering in all those who foreshadowed Him”. This immediately brought to mind the lines from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, ” – for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his/ to the Father through the features of men’s faces.”

Yesterday’s question from St. Augustine was: “When Christ has already given us the gift of His death, who is to doubt that he will give the saints the gift of His own life?” Saint Melito homily and Father Hopkins’ poem may provide some help in puzzling about yesterday’s question. Does it help you?

Today, Saint Augustine poses another good one for our thoughtful reflection: “Why does human frailty hesitate to believe that mankind will one day live with God.”

It’s a thoroughly modern question, isn’t it?

Blunt!

Confrontational!

Challenging!

Does it describe you? Does it describe someone you know? Does it describe our culture, our society? What, then, to do?”

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  1. We hesitate BECAUSE ,IN OUR FRAILTY AND LACK OF VISION ,A SACRIFICIAL ACT OF SUCH IMMENSITY AS CHRIST UNDERTOOK, IS BEYOND OUR EARTHBOUND IMAGININGS.IT TAKES A TREMENDOUS LEAP OF FAITH NOT TO HESITATE IN BELIEVING THAT GOD ALMIGHTY CARES FOR US TO THE EXTENT INDICATED BY CHRIST’S WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER AND DIE A BRUTAL DEATH—FOR US,MERE HUMANITY.

    • Thank you, Dr. Mullan. I wonder, though, what you mean by frailty. Lack of vision I think I understand. Certainly a fellow like Christopher Hitchens could be guilty of a kind of blindness. Others come to mind. Is that a “frailty” of the type you mean?


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