Vatican city (AICA): pope Francis participated this Friday in the third preaching Lent, which was the capuchin priest Raniero Cantalamessa, who explained that the intention of the meditation was to see, “guided by the Holy Spirit, what it means for us the death of Christ, what has changed to purpose of our death” and proposed as a pious practice for this lenten season to take a Gospel, and “read on their own, calmly and completely, the story of the passion. Just less than half an hour.”
The theme of the meditation was held in the Redemptoris Mater chapel and focused on the theme: “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ but in the Holy Spirit”
“In the two meditations preceding, we have tried to show how the Holy Spirit introduces us to the ‘full truth’ about the person of Christ, making him known as ‘Lord’ and as ‘true god from true God’. In the remaining meditations of our attention, from the person, moves to the work of Christ, from being to the act,” he said, and added: “we will Try to show how the Holy Spirit illuminates the paschal mystery, and in the first place, in the present meditation, the mystery of his death and of our own.”
Father Cantalamessa stressed the paschal mystery of Christ, beginning with his death on the cross, and emphasized that “the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the death of Jesus, the highlights on all the gospel of John: ‘there was Not yet Spirit, ” says the evangelist in regard to the promise of rivers of living water— because Jesus had not yet been glorified’”.
“That is to say, according to the meaning of this word in John, had not yet been raised on the cross. From the cross, Jesus ‘gave up the Ghost’, which is symbolized by the water and the blood; he writes, in effect, in the first Letter: ‘there are Three that bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood’”, he explained.
“The Holy Spirit leads Jesus to the cross and from the cross Jesus gives the Holy Spirit. At the time of the birth, and then, publicly, in his baptism, the Holy Spirit is given to Jesus; at the moment of death Jesus gives the Holy Spirit”, he stressed.
The religious said that the intention of this meditation, “guided by the Holy Spirit: see what it means for us the death of Christ, what has changed to purpose of our death”.
“That is more effective to meditate on our death, is to meditate on the passion and death of Jesus, and we must say, for the honor of the generations that have preceded us, that such meditation was also the daily bread in the spirituality of the ages to be remembered. It is a meditation that stirs emotion and gratitude, not anguish; it makes us exclaim, as the apostle Paul: ‘you loved Me and gave himself for me!’”, said.
Father Cantalamessa proposed as a pious practice for Lent to take a Gospel, and “read on their own, calmly and completely, the story of the passion. Just less than half an hour.”
“I met a woman intellectual who professed atheist. One day I fell on one of those news stories that leave you overwhelmed: her daughter of 16 years has a tumor in the bones. The operate. The girl returns to the operating room tormented, with tubes, probes and emitters for all parties. Suffering terribly, groaning and don’t want to hear any word of consolation,” he said.
“The mother, knowing that he was a pious and religious, thinking agradarla, said to him: ‘do you Want me to read something of the Gospel?’. ‘Yes, mom!’. ‘What?’ ‘Read me the passion’. She, who had never read a gospel, run to buy one of the chaplains; sits next to the bed and begins to read. At the end of a little daughter sleeps, but she remains in the shadows, reading in silence until the end. “The daughter was asleep —she said in the book written after the death of the daughter, and the mother woke up!’. She woke up from her atheism. The reading of the passion of Christ had changed the life forever,” he said.
“We end up with the simple, but dense prayer of the liturgy: ‘Adoramus Te, Christe, et benedicimus Tibi, quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum’. ‘We adore you, o Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world’”, he concluded.
The fourth and fifth preaching will be the next Friday, 31 march and 7 April.+