At the Crucifixion and at the moment of Jesus’ death, very powerful things happened. “And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many.” Matthew 27: 51-53.
St. Matthew reports on the same power at Jesus’ resurrection. “And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men.” Matthew 28: 2-4.
From the death and resurrection of Jesus, there is a divine power that continues to flow out to conquer the devil, death, sin and evil people. This positive power is not only limited to the time when Jesus died and rose, but is continually being poured out today on all who love Jesus and His Catholic Church. We are connected to a very very powerful force that continues to be with us and to help us.
So, in reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are urged on to live by faith and to trust in this divine power that continues to accompany us on our mission:
1) Power to get the Catholic Church to Repent of Her sins.
2) Power to Resist the power of evil in the Church and in the world.
3) Power to Reform the Catholic Church.
4) Power to Restore the Catholic Church.
Do we really live like we believe in the triumph of Christ the King by His death and resurrection? If we do, we go forward with Him, Our Savior, at our side in the passion, death and resurrection each one of us is going through in accomplishing our mission to restore truth and tradition.
This Divine Power comes from Divine Love. And we see this in the resurrected Sacred Heart of Jesus.
When Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, His Sacred Heart was alive and beating out of love for us. In it we see the Passion (crown of thorns), the crucified (spear wound and cross) and the resurrected (glowing with the fire of love and life of the resurrection) Sacred Heart of Jesus. But what is most important is that it is full of Divine Love, the power that got Jesus through His passion, death to the resurrection.
The Sacred Heart is Crowned, but crowned with thorns. Jesus, our example, has a kingly heart, but it is a suffering heart that most of us have when we see what is happening all around us. Jesus is King, even in His disgraceful death. And Jesus is King in His triumphant resurrection too. Some day we will triumph with Him, but that is only if we are also willing to suffer with Him.
Let us never be discourage, no matter how much we are persecuted, no matter how much of the Church is going the wrong way, no matter how many Catholics are against us. We are accompanied by this Divine Power of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. And for this reason we need to be filled with His Divine Love and do all things out of love.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.