June 17: The love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in His sufferings and death

Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Meditation 17

The cross is the altar on which the High Priest fulfilled the sacrifice for the salvation of humanity. The cross is also the key, by which the Savior unlocks the heavens and the seat from which He speaks. It is also the sword by which Jesus conquered Satan and the world.

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

The Passion of Christ is the eternal monument of the love of God, and it inspires our love toward God in return. We should meditate upon it with a living faith and love, and with the feeling of true contrition and expiation for our sins. St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar writes:  “The cross is the pulpit of the Divine Master and the book from which people learn the ways of God and the Christian virtues.” God could have left people to their sins and rejection, deprived of the life of grace and condemned to eternal death.  Indeed the people for whom the Son of God offered Himself were not faithful and grateful friends but many were even enemies to Him, bold rebels and at once ungrateful wretches who reject His truth, trample His law, despise His grace and run blindly into an abyss of ruin. Yet God not only forgave them and restored them to His friendship– but He also made them His brothers. In this way where sin abounded, now grace even more abounds.

The love of Christ is likewise manifested in His choosing the cross as the instrument of His death whereby we could know the love of God that empties itself to the depths for us and the Divine wisdom that uses what is shameful and weak to defeat Satan and conquer the rebellious world; and by which we might perceive the justice of God that requires even the sacrifice of the cross for its satisfaction.  Jesus desires that we might recognize on one hand the holiness of God and on the other, the gravity of sin –so heavy that for its remission the Son of God poured out His very Blood, so that from now on we would have no reason for excuse but would be somehow obliged even to love God who desired to redeem us through His cross. 

The cross is the altar on which the High Priest fulfilled the sacrifice for the salvation of humanity. The cross is also the key, by which the Savior unlocks the heavens and the seat from which He speaks. It is also the sword by which Jesus conquered Satan and the world.

The Lord Jesus could have redeemed us with a lesser suffering yet still having infinite value, for example with but one of His tears. However, He took upon Himself all pains and humiliations and these He suffered not merely a few days but throughout His entire life. He suffered – in poverty, in the loss of His good name, in His body and soul. He suffered from various people –Jews and Gentiles.  He even suffered on account of His Mother in seeing her beneath His cross; on account of His Heavenly Father, in His crying out from the cross: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Mk 15:34). Jesus suffered without any consolation, without relief and yet with the greatest thirst and with the greatest love.

Could the Lord have done anything more for us? Was His love not extravagant? He has given us all things: His sufferings, blood and merits. He has given us His Mother and His very self.  Indeed, He calls the whole world to deliberate:  Judge between me, and the vineyard that is the human soul: What more was there that I could have done for my vineyard that I have not done? (cf. Is 5:3-4).

Soul of My Savior – Sung by our Sisters

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