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HOPE FOR EVERY SINNER

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There seemed to be no peace for Jesus even as He approached His final moments. You would expect the priests who had manipulated His death giving Him no rest, with their jeering and mocking. But why did one of the criminals who himself was going through such a horrible death start to verbally abuse Him?

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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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HOLY THURSDAY

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Jesus has less than 24 hours of His life left on this earth. He has very little time to tie up the ends. His only thought is to prepare His dearest friends His apostles for the terrible fate that awaits Him. This was to be His farewell to them. He was going to do it in the setting of an evening meal, the meal of the Passover when He would introduce and new and eternal covenant. He had already warned them several times about His tragic death of how He was to be captured, scourged and crucified. But this prediction had not penetrated their minds.

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THE TRAGEDY OF BETRAYAL

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Is. 50:4-9 & Mt. 26:14-25

The grim details of the torment of the Suffering Servant are foretold by Isaiah in today's first reading. He will be beaten, his beard will be plucked out, and he will be spat upon.

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HOW TO FACE UP TO OUR GUILT

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Is. 49:1-6 & Jn. 13:21-33. 36-38

Another of Isaiah's beautiful Servant Songs is in today's first reading:

“The Lord called Me before I was born, from My mother’s womb He pronounced My name.” We know that the name chosen by the Father for His Son was Jesus, which means “Saviour”, because He is to save His people from their sins.

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ARE WE TRUE FRIENDS TO JESUS?

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Is. 42:1-7 & Jn. 12, 1-11

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MAKING THIS WEEK A HOLY WEEK

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When Jesus mounted the donkey and made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago He was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah, “See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey.”

The people, full of praise and admiration for Him, went so far as to spread their cloaks on the ground and to wave branches they had cut, shouting “Hosanna! Blessings on Him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our Father David! Hosanna on the highest heavens!”

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HOPE FOR EVERY SINNER

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There seemed to be no peace for Jesus even as He approached His final moments. You would expect the priests who had manipulated His death giving Him no rest, with their jeering and mocking. But why did one of the criminals who himself was going through such a horrible death start to verbally abuse Him?

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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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JESUS' PARTING GIFTS FOR US

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Exod. 12:1-14; 1 Cor. 11:23-26 & Jn. 13:1-15

When Our Lord was preparing Himself for His Last Supper with His apostles, what was on His mind? He was going to abolish the Old Covenant and establish the New Covenant to leave Himself with us in the Holy Eucharist. He was also going to ordain His first priests who would continue His work on Earth. Much was to be done in that short space of time! And He knew, of course, what would happen tomorrow. Even though the Crucifixion was His victory over Satan it would cost Him His very life. As a man He was scared and frightened.

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