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Lenten Retreat: Jesus on the Cross, Misunderstood

“€œJesus”€™ ultimate torture”€ is not to be understood, “€œeven on the cross,”€ said Father Giulio Michelini, before the Pope and the Roman Curia. In his seventh meditation of the Lenten Retreat at Ariccia, on March 9, 2017, and he invited to fight against misunderstanding.

On the eve of the conclusion of the Retreat, reported Vatican Radio in Italian, the Franciscan preacher meditated on the episode of the Crucifixion in Matthew”€™s Gospel. He assured that the Messiah”€™s death was a “€œreal”€ death. In fact, the details of the Gospel are too “€œtroublesome”€ to be invented.

Thus the Father”€™s silence is “€œtoo scandalous”€ to be imagined: “€œJesus calls the Father with a cry, but the Father is silent.”€ Father Michelini stressed “€œthe sense of abandonment that Jesus felt on the Cross”€ “€“ “€œMy God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me”€ “€“ accentuated by the incomprehension “€œof those witnessing the bloody spectacle.”€

Jesus”€™ “€œultimate torture”€ was not to be understood “€œeven on the Cross,”€ he said. “€œThe Cross explains everything”€ but Jesus can do only one thing: entrust Himself to the Spirit.”€

The Franciscan invited to an examination of conscience on the moments when “€œwe do not want to understand”€ others, because of “€œclosures”€ or because of pride. It is about improving communication by growing “€œin humility”€ and by being aware of “€œthe presence of God”€ in “€œthe ordinary character of the everyday”€ or in “€œthe other”€™s look.”€

Father Michelini also paused on the “€œCenturion”€™s spear,”€ paralleling it with the Centurion of Capernaum, one of whose servants Jesus cured: “€œhe was killed precisely by the spear of a soldier. Jesus turned the other cheek to the soldiers, as He had taught in His address on the mountain: to the Centurion of Capernaum He offered His availability. Now, from the Cross, He can but tender His side from which the water and blood gushed forth for the forgiveness of sins.”€

Finally, the preacher recalled the women present at the scene of the Crucifixion. Among others, Mary, “€œmother of James and Joseph”€ who for some is the “€œMother of the Lord”€: “€œSomeone has written “€“ and it is an interesting theory “€“ that Mary, Jesus”€™ Mother, is not simply she, and neither is Jesus simply the Son of Mary. As in John”€™s Gospel, Mary will no longer be simply the Mother of Jesus but the Mother of the beloved disciple and, consequently, the Mother of the Church.”€


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