Meditation on the Characters of the Passion of Christ
It can be argued that The Passion of Christ is the single most momentous event in human history. Christ so loved each of us that He was willing to suffer and die on the cross. Through Christ’s passion and death He redeemed the world and opened the gates of heaven so that we may be with Him for all eternity.
The following meditation was given at an Ignatian Retreat conducted by the religious order of The Institute of the Incarnate Word.
All participants in Christ’s passion were sinners except for Our Lady. Christ redeemed each of us through His suffering and death on the cross. We should come to understand the great reality that all of our sins nailed Him to the Cross.
Praying and meditating on Christ’s passion and death can be extraordinarily fruitful.
Which character do you most see yourself in?
St. John – Close to Mary. Close to the cross. Loves Jesus. (John 19:25-27)
St. Peter – Brave, but becomes a coward when the times are tough and denies Jesus. (Luke 22:54-62)
St. Mary Magdalene – Values the gift of mercy and ready to repent. (John 19:25)
Is it …
Simon of Cyrene – Fear to do God’s will and says no to God. (Mark 15:21)
Is it …
St. Veronica – Shows extreme compassion to others.
Is it …
Pontus Pilate – He wants to do the right thing, but is influenced by other. (John 18:28-38)
Christ embraced the suffering of the Cross out of His love for each of us. Born out of our love for Christ, we must embrace and even find joy in our own cross.
JMJ, pray for us.
God is good,