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The Death of Jesus, An essay by Alphonsus Liguori
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Posted on 04/02/2010 5:25:05 PM PDT by Salvation

The Death of Jesus

An essay by Alphonsus Liguori

The Death of Jesus

 

The amiable Redeemer approaches the end of life. My soul, behold those eyes grow dim; that beautiful countenance becomes pale; that heart palpitates feebly;

that sacred body is abandoned to death. Jesus, therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said, “It is consummated” (John 19:30). When on the point of expiring, Jesus placed before his eyes all the sufferings of his life—the poverty, fatigues, pains, and injuries which he had suffered—and, again offering them all to his Eternal Father, he said, All is now accomplished—all is consummated. All that the prophets foretold of me is consummated; in a word, the sacrifice which God expected in order to be appeased with the world is perfectly consummated, and full satisfaction is made to the divine justice. It is consummated, said Jesus, turning to his Eternal Father: It is consummated, he said, at the same time turning to us. As if he had said, O men, I have done all that I can do, in order to save your souls and to gain your love. I have done my part; do you now yours. Love me, and be not unwilling to love a God who has gone so far as to die for you.

And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). These were the last words which Jesus spoke on the cross. Seeing that his blessed soul was about to be separated from his mangled body, he said, with perfect resignation to the divine will, and with filial confidence, Father, to you I recommend my spirit. As if he had said, My Father, I have no will; I do not wish either to live or die. If it is pleasing to you that I continue to suffer on this cross, behold, I am ready; into your hands I consign my spirit; do with it what you will. Oh that we also would say the same when we meet any cross, leaving ourselves to be guided by the Lord in all things, according to his good pleasure! … .

Yes, my Jesus, in your hands I place my life and my death; in you I abandon myself entirely, and I recommend my soul to you now for the last moments of my life. Receive it into your wounds, as your Father received your spirit, when you expired on the cross.

But behold, Jesus dies. O angels of heaven, come, come to be present at the death of your God. And you, O sorrowful mother of God, approach nearer to the cross, raise your eyes to behold your Son; look at him more steadfastly, for he is about to expire. Behold, the Redeemer already calls on death, and gives it permission to come and take away his life. O death, he says, perform your office; take away my life and save my sheep. Behold, the earth trembles, the graves are opened, the veil of the Temple is rent in two; behold how the violence of his pains deprives the dying Lord of strength, of the natural heat, of respiration; his body is abandoned to death; he bows down his head on his breast, he opens his mouth, and expires: And bowing down His head, He gave up his spirit (John 19:30). Go forth, O beautiful soul of my Savior, go forth; go to open paradise, which has been hitherto shut against us; go to present yourself to the divine Majesty, and to obtain for us pardon and salvation.

The crowd, turning to Jesus, on account of the loud voice in which he spoke these words, look at him with attention and in silence; they see him expire, and, observing that he is motionless, they exclaim, He is dead—he is dead. Mary hears this from all the bystanders, and she also says, Ah, my Son, You are dead.

He is dead. O God, who is dead? The author of life, the only-begotten of God, the Lord of the world. O death which was the astonishment of heaven and of nature! A God to die for his creatures! O infinite charity! A God to sacrifice himself entirely! To sacrifice his delights, his honor, his blood, his life; and for whom? For ungrateful creatures. And to die in a sea of sorrows and insults, and in order to atone for our sins. My soul, raise your eyes, and behold that crucified Man-God. Behold that divine Lamb sacrificed on that altar of pain; consider that he is the beloved Son of the Eternal Father, and consider that he has died through the love he has borne you. See how his arms are stretched out to embrace you; his head bowed down to give you the kiss of peace; his side opened to receive you. What do you say? Does a God so good and so loving deserve to be loved? Listen to what the Lord says to you from the cross: My Son, see if there is any one in this world who has loved you more than I, your God, has loved you?

Ah, my God and my Redeemer, you, then, have died, and died a death the most infamous and painful. And why? To gain my love. But what love of a creature can ever compensate the love of his Creator, who has died for him? O my adored Jesus, O love of my soul! How shall I be ever able to forget you? How shall I be able to love anything but you, after having seen you dying through pain on this cross in order to atone for my sins and to save my soul? How can I behold you dead, hanging on this tree, and not love you with all my strength? Can I think that my sins have reduced you to this condition, and not weep always with intense sorrow for the offenses that I have committed against you?

O Jesus … remember that you did promise that when you would be elevated on the cross, you would draw all hearts to you. Behold, my heart, softened into tenderness by your death, will no longer resist your calls. Draw all its affections to your love. You have died for me, and I wish to live only for you… .I thank you for the light which you give me, in making me see in these wounds and lacerated members, as through so many lattices, your great and tender affection for me… My Jesus gives himself to me, and I give myself entirely to him… .Come, O Holy Spirit, and inflame our hearts with the love of you.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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For your prayerful meditation on this Good Friday.
1 posted on 04/02/2010 5:25:05 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 04/02/2010 5:26:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 04/02/2010 5:27:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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**O Jesus … remember that you did promise that when you would be elevated on the cross, you would draw all hearts to you. Behold, my heart, softened into tenderness by your death, will no longer resist your calls. Draw all its affections to your love. You have died for me, and I wish to live only for you…**

These lines caught me. Oh, dear Jesus!


4 posted on 04/02/2010 5:30:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Although Jesus death is significant, I have always thought His resurrection was His more special gift. This proved he was God, not dying. He was on the cross for three hours, yet we have had Him on it for two thousand years. While we observe his resurrection only one day per year, the cucifix is always on view. I revere Jesus as the Resurrected One, which lifts me up in times of trial.


5 posted on 04/02/2010 6:13:50 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

i thought God is eternal ?


6 posted on 04/02/2010 7:03:44 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Broadly speaking, the term relgion includes the eternal God.


7 posted on 04/02/2010 7:08:10 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: campaignPete R-CT

OOps I replied to your comment wtih a remark from another relgious thread I’m on.

Yes I would agree that God is eternal.


8 posted on 04/02/2010 7:14:57 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
Your right, Jesus is no longer on that cross. The crosses in our church no longer have Jesus on them. He is risen, up from the grave he arose.

The easter celebration is because HE LIVES.

9 posted on 04/02/2010 7:23:59 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: Salvation

i guess some people here think that Alphonsus needs a theology lesson.


10 posted on 04/02/2010 7:30:48 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: annieokie

I have no crucifixes or in my house either.


11 posted on 04/02/2010 7:36:31 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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12 posted on 04/02/2010 7:41:16 PM PDT by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: Salvation

The more of Liguori’s stuff I read, the more I like him. Thanks.


13 posted on 04/02/2010 8:13:12 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Mad Dawg

One of my favorites is “Uniformity with God’s Will”:

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/alphonsus/uniformity.html


14 posted on 04/02/2010 9:35:28 PM PDT by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: campaignPete R-CT

LOL!


15 posted on 04/02/2010 10:29:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mad Dawg

We as Catholics celebrate the Resurrection. Can’t quite figure out why all these people seem to be so negative about a cricifix. Any clues?


16 posted on 04/02/2010 10:31:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mad Dawg

This is the day we celebrate the Life given to keep Satan in hell forever. Do not mock.


17 posted on 04/02/2010 10:36:15 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Mad Dawg

I guess people don’t realize that the story doesn’t end here. They have to wait until Sunday and then try to count the number of times that Christ appears. Even John tells us that all the appearances are not recorded!

Hang on — for the ending of the story — tomorrow!


18 posted on 04/03/2010 12:05:07 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Crucifixes and Crosses

19 posted on 04/03/2010 1:53:32 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Can’t quite figure out why all these people seem to be so negative about a crucifix. Any clues?

They think that the Passion of Christ is a thing of the past. They don't get the concept that with God, there is no past, present, future. I'll leave it to somebody else to expand.

But the "Full Gospel" includes the life, death, & resurrection. Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious. Maybe some people cannot handle all that, so they focus on the Resurrection. I wonder if the Ascension and Pentecost are allowed to be included, too. Anyone?

"For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

"We preach Christ crucified"

1_corinthians CH 1
20 posted on 04/03/2010 3:37:42 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: Salvation

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21 posted on 04/03/2010 3:53:53 AM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: Rennes Templar

It is significant because He chose to die for us knowing that we were sinners and yes, as Paul says w/o the resurrection there is nothing for which to hope .


22 posted on 04/03/2010 11:08:28 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: tiki

THE CROSS

The cross is the hope of Christians
the cross is the resurrection of the dead
the cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the savior of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross is the strength of the weak
the cross is the doctor of the sick
the cross is the aim of the priests
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross is the power of the kings
the cross is the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.


23 posted on 04/03/2010 11:47:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Is that the same cross we bear in our lives?


24 posted on 04/03/2010 1:08:23 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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