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The Spiritual Desert…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 31, 2017

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil… Ps 23:4

Republished: 7/31/17

The Lord has told me I have more that He wants me to write, but I need to cut off all distractions. So I’m looking for that retreat He wants me to take and in the mean time, finding myself entering into a prepatory stage by entering into the Spiritual Desert. Wanna know more? Read on, dear friend, read on…

Updated: 8/16/11  Today I found in my e-mail a wonderful surprise, AND I discovered I can add it directly to this page!  It’s a wonderful confirmation of all this post says: We must do all things in LOVE as we hope to obtain holiness and peace.  The good with the not so good, the triumphs AND the trials.  God IS with us, He will NEVER abandon us.  Embrace His LIFE, His DEATH, and receive HIS RESURRECTION!  You can also go HERE to Recalibrate your Heart…

In my last two writings I’ve made reference to my recent journey into the Spiritual Desert.   In this post, I hope to address what the Spiritual Desert is, it’s purpose, and it’s effect thus far on me in the hopes of helping others who might also be experiencing their own desert wanderings.  In doing so, I also want to refer periodically to this month’s Monthly Message from the Lay Apostleship as it applies brilliantly to my recent desert excursion.

Purification by desert is nothing new to the Christian Life.  Abraham (Gen 12) went through it, Moses (Exodus 2:15 ) went through it, as did many prophets,  and of course Jesus Christ, Himself (Mt 4; Lk 4; Mk 1: 12-13).  And though the afore mentioned desert journeys were merely prefigurations of  Christ’s own desert time, they all had the same theme: PURIFICATION and PREPARATION for greater things to come.  Just think about that…

Father Abraham


Abram, in his wanderings, came to Trust in God so much that God made a holy covenant with him and ALL his descendants right to this very day.  But He was only able to do so by PREPARING Abram to become Abraham, the father of a Great Nation.

Moses

Similarly, Moses had to experience a separation from the world in which he grew up – among the courts of Pharaoh.  In taking Moses out of Egypt God prepared him to return years later to carry out God’s plan of bringing the Hebrew nation back into the land God had promised to Abraham and his descendants. 

Prophet Isaiah


And in all the wanderings of the prophets and their successors, God prepared them to speak to a stiff necked people, and call them back to Himself; but first He had to purify them by separating them from their brethren.

40 Days in the Desert

God did nothing less for Himself.  Retreating to the desert, the second Person in the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, sought after the communion He has with His Father so to give witness AND example to those who would follow after Him.  They, too, would come to understand they have a Father in Heaven that they can have communion with because of the Son; which is why He taught us to say, “Our Father who art in Heaven…” And that’s what this journey is all about: COMMUNION with the FATHER through the SON by guidance from the HOLY SPIRIT and a PURIFICATION and PREPARATION for the greater things to come!

MY DAYS IN THE SPIRITUAL DESERT

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. ~1 Cor 13: 1-3

Did you know that piety and pious actions can get in the way of holiness? 

HUH?  WHAT?…!

Let me explain…prayer, chaplets, novenas…all these are WELL and GOOD in themselves and have GREAT efficacious graces attached to them…BUT if the person determined to do these does them WITHOUT LOVE and with only a sense of obligation, they have become, “A noisy gong or a clanging symbol.”  Their outward appearance seems very spirit-filled, but their hearts are truly empty because they have NOT LOVE with which to fill them up.

Around my heart, O Lord, Your fingers entwine…

In the Spiritual Desert, one is brought to that point where LOVE is the only thing that will sustain them.  Prayers, novenas, chaplets become meaningless and difficult to pray so the soul CRIES OUT for the only ONE who can give them life by His LOVE.

But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8

Thus the total relying on Christ becomes the WATER and FOOD during this desert journey, and the times of quiet and solitude are crucial.  It is here where cunning old Satan plans out his attacks by giving the soul not food and water but DISTRACTIONS…!

 

rumors…earthquakes…plagues…nation against nation…

The world is constantly changing, now more so than ever before, but the concern of the servant of Christ is NOT for this changing world BUT for our CHANGING SELVES as we desire more and more to grow in holiness…

Do not be distracted by events around you. Do not be drawn into thinking that many events or big events mean that you can take your eyes off of the process of becoming holier. ~Monthly Message, August 1, 2011.

Daily activities then become the focus.  By this I mean everything I would do during my day I did with LOVE and a clear CONSCIOUS INTENTION of doing, which oddly enough, brought me back in line with the work God is doing in me.  Why?  Because I was DOING HIS WILL without reservation, I was not allowing outside distractions of money, unemployment, anarchy, etc, etc…to get in the way of pursuing the holiness God has called me to…

I speak gravely when I say to you that you must concentrate seriously on becoming holier because your holiness and your commitment to holiness is a crucial part of My plan to bring comfort to others.  Allow Me to see to the world. ~Ibid…

So even though I am aware – very much aware – of the events unfolding daily as I have chosen NOT to bury my head in the sand, and yet at the same time, I have NOT allowed these things to OVERTAKE me and become my soul-focus… Yes, pun intended…

For Christ told us these things would happen…

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place…For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places; all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death…for My name’s sake… many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another…false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. ~Mt 24: 6, 7-8, 9, 10, 11-12

So these things are unavoidable – some sins will not be remitted – and ALL mankind must reap the punishment due for our actions.  But for the individual PERSON seeking out HOLINESS, their endeavor is to focus on the LOVE of CHRIST as found in themselves from birth and SEALED by their BAPTISM having been created in the image and likeness of God (cf Gen 1:26), through their daily activities to which God has called them to.

 

FATHER OF LIES TRIES AGAIN…

Because we are created in God’s image and likeness, it is only NATURAL that we should desire a more complete union with our Creator in Whom we share so much; and yet, satan is ever cunning and watching for those “chinks in the armor” of human LOVE for the divine so he tries yet another tactic – personal failure… This is where my greatest weakness lies, PATIENCE, or rather the lack of patience with myself and patience with God.  Which is why, when this month’s message came to me, I was deeply humbled as all that God had tried to achieve in me came to mind as well as where I had prevented His change because of my impatience.

Perhaps you identify My teachings as good but you feel frustrated because you see that you fall short on some days. This is when you must be truly patient and trust that I AM bringing you along as quickly as is needed.

Remember that you may see very little progress on some days, but your decision to remain with Me in the process of becoming holier creates a disposition for heaven that keeps the light where it should be, that is, on the need to examine yourself for failure…

Yes, patience is necessary, both with oneself and with others. I, Jesus, am patient with you. And so you must be patient with yourself. And then you must be patient with others. ~Monthly Message, August, 2011.

TALK ABOUT A KICK IN THE HEAD!

Knowing that I must rely entirely on LOVE because the task of praying became exactly that, a task.  No LOVE was behind my decision to pray for I did it out of a sense of obligation.  Satan used this- quite brilliantly I might add – in an attempted to make me seem UNFAITHFUL to God or a HYPOCRITE in the living of the Christian Life.  Here’s a little of what ol’ red-boots had to say to me:  You’re not praying in the traditional manner, you’ve set aside all your lofty deeds, you can’t do anything righteous or for the good of mankind…God does not love you.

As someone recently said to me, “If satan spends that much energy attacking you, then you’re on the right path doing EXACTLY what God would want you to do.”  Which is true, satan doesn’t attack those who are NOT following God’s Will for if he did he would essentially attack himself! What would the point of that be?

If you see daily to the condition of your soul and if you love others then you will have fulfilled My plan for you. ~Ibid

Being able to accept my failures and allowing God to work through them requires TRUST that God KNOWS what He’s doing.  He doesn’t choose people arbitrarily, nor does He choose those who are necessarily perfect and well disciplined.  Nope, often times He chooses the weak, the down trodden, those who seem (at least to themselves), to fail over and over again…

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not now how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs to deep for words.

And He who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the Will of God.

We know that in everything God works for good with those who LOVE Him, who are called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:26-28

So I can join St Paul and rejoice in this present suffering…

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ~Romans 8:18

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope… ~Romans 5: 3-4

For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ~Romans 8:24

…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s LOVE has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~Romans 5:5, emphasis added

 

The Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent and believe in the Gospel!

And that, my friends, is the WHOLE POINT of the Desert Journey.  To prepare the servants of Christ the Returning King for the Glory that is to come that IS HIS, purifying His people for the service He has called us to in preparation for His return that follows on the evangelization of the world…

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. ~Mt 24:14

Which is in God’s time, not ours, but as His servants are prepared so too will His church be, which will then bring her into that Spiritual Desert as well.  For all of us are called to “Pick up our cross and follow Him”, and as I, and many others who adhere to the teachings of the Church Christ established on the Cross, have shouted from the roof-tops…

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believersThe persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. ~CCC§675

Be ready… be prepared… allow Him to take you through your Spiritual Desert so that you may be the instrument of LOVE that God requires to complete His plan for His children’s salvation, the peace which only God can give, and the reign of His Son in the hearts of all men!

God Bless you ENORMOUSLY during your journey!  My prayers are certainly with each and every one of you. 🙂

The below presentation is a BEAUTIFUL confirmation of what this post says. Please take a moment to watch and take to heart it’s continued message of doing all things in the LOVE of Christ FOR the LOVE of Christ.

The Power of the Cross from Mark Mallett on Vimeo.

Recommended Reading:

Landslide

The Coming Passion

The Seven Seals of Revelation

Like a Thief

Paralyzed by Fear

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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…Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and more…Part III

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 14, 2017

Come to My Most Sacred Heart…

The Divine Mercy Novena begins today! Visit HERE… It’s printable, too.

READING : 1 Peter 2:21-24 (Evening Prayer, Good Friday, emphasis added)

Christ suffered for you and left you an example, to have you following His footsteps.  He did no wrong; no deceit was found in His mouth.  When He was insulted, He returned no insultWhen He was made to suffer, He did not counter with threats.  Instead, He delivered Himself up to the One who judges justly.  In His own body He brought your sins to the Cross, so that all of us, dead to sin, could live in accord with God’s Will.  By His wounds you were healed.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God…

Good Friday and Holy Saturday

Whew!  What a mouth-full…I might have to consider shortening the title… 🙂

But until then, let us begin our focus, that is The Passion of Christ that leads to His Resurrection and gives us a better understanding of the Mercy that is ours, especially on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, the SECOND Sunday of Easter.

THE PASSION: First Sorrowful Mystery: Agony in the Garden

BETRAYAL!

And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  And He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” ~Mk 14: 32-34

It is here that we begin…it is here that we see Jesus in His full humanity.  Sorrowful, even unto death, wanting nothing more than to have the support of His most intimate friends, those whom He chose to witness His very GLORY in the Godhead at His Transfiguration:

This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.

And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. ~Mt 17: 1-2

But for whatever reason, His most intimate friends, those He trusted so much to stay with Him and pray for that which was to come, they could NOT stay awake.  They did not follow His request to PRAY and WATCH.  In a very real sense, Jesus was betrayed in that they failed Him when He needed them most…

And He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~Mk 14: 37-38

For Jesus’ hour was fast approaching when another kind of betrayal would fall upon Him and Jesus would be turned over to those who had plotted and schemed His death almost from the very earliest moments of His ministry…

“What are we to do?  For this man performs many signs.  If we let Him go on thus, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation!”

“You know nothing at all;  you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.” ~Jn 11: 47b-48, 49b-50

And what did Jesus in His humanity pray?  How did Jesus feel about the coming persecution that He KNEW He was about to endure?  Mark’s Gospel account tell us that…

Father if it be possible…Not My will but Yours Be done!

And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.  And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou will.” ~Mk 14: 35-36

Three times Jesus prayed, three times He struggled against the temptation to give in to the flesh and flee from what was before Him.  But Jesus knew His Father would strengthen Him in His most desperate hour of need.

Which is why John’s Gospel account has Jesus proclaiming God’s triumph and Matthew’s Gospel account demonstrates that TOTAL TRUST the Son has for the Father and gives US the example we need to also follow in the TOTAL TRUST of OUR FATHER…

…He lifted His eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him…” ~Jn 17: 1b-2

“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Thy will be done.” ~Mt 26:42b

Resolved and ready to face what Jesus knew needed to be for the Salvation of the World, and the fulfillment of the Promise the Father made to Abraham, Jesus went to His chosen friends to WAKE THEM UP and prepare them for the Unthinkable!

And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come; the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” ~Mk 14: 40-42

One other thought of profound significance… Could this also be for US?  Has not our Lord sent His Blessed Mother to us numerous times to try and WAKE US UP! to the sins we are committing and the fruit of death that we are now harvesting?  WAKE UP!  For our betrayer is at hand!  Cling to Christ, He is our ONLY SALVATION!

Now I switch over to John’s Gospel account because I simply love the reaction of these temple soldiers who came out with “torches and weapons”, against ONE MAN, in the dark of night, with just a handful of his followers present …Okay… what were they afraid of ?  Perhaps their hearts knew even if their mind’s did not WHO it was they were arresting…

Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”  They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I AM He.”

When He said to them, “I AM He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. ~Jn 18: 4-5, 6

I love that John tell us this, that the soldiers “drew back and fell to the ground”, all because Jesus identified Himself with the words spoken to Moses…

I AM Who I AM

“I AM Who I AM…Say to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’ “ ~Exod 3: 14

Yet despite this minor set back, the temple guards did manage to cease Jesus, but not without a little tousle given by Peter who had his sword and decided to draw it out and use it…

Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM He; so, if you seek Me, let these men go.”

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given Me?” ~Jn 18: 8, 10-11

It’s in the Gospel account of Luke that we learn of Judas’ part in the betrayal as he was the one to identify Jesus with a kiss…

Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?

…there came a crowd and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them.  He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” ~Lk 22: 47-48


It’s also in this account that we hear of Jesus’ healing the ear of the soldiers whom Peter had cut off when he had drawn his sword…

And He touched his [Malichus] ear and healed him. ~Lk 22:51b

Peter followed from a distance…

All four Gospel accounts tell of Peter’s “following at a distance” because we all know that Jesus told Peter…

“I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know Me.” Lk 22:34

Yet do not be deceived, for Jesus ALSO KNEW that Peter would repent of this action and thus be ready to strengthen his fellow brethren who also could not stay by the Savior’s side…

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. Lk 22: 31-32

So even though Peter experiences that devastating blow with the fulfillment of the Savior’s words…

…three times you will deny Me… cf Mt 34c; see Lk 22:55-62; Mt 26: 69-75; Mk 14: 66-72

Peter will gather his brethren together during Holy Saturday and await for the news of Jesus Resurrection as witness by the women…but I’m jumping ahead.

He was brought before Caiaphas…

The trial before Caiaphas is anything but real, many come before them making false accusations (Mt 26:60), about the Savior King, the guards hit and buffet Jesus without cause (Lk 22:63; Jn 18:22), and through it all Jesus never spoke any words of hate or falsehood, but only of the beauty of the TRUTH that was His from the Father…

“But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” ~Mt 26:64b

Which is a DIRECT REFERENCE of the coming Kingdom of God that was revealed to us AFTER Jesus ascended into heaven and the disciple whom Jesus Loved was an old man in exile on the Greek island of Patmos…

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;…And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men.  He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more…for the former things have passed away.”

And He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” ~Rev 21: 1a, 2-4b, 4c, 5a

Words, that if you did watch Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, that were uttered by Jesus when He met His mother on His Way of the Cross.  Jesus’ Passion and Death DID make all things NEW!

Jesus’ words were enough to condemn Him in the eyes of the Sanhedrin and fulfilled the desires of the Pharisees that…

It is is best for One Man to die than a whole nation… ~cf Jn 11:50

Now all that needed to be done was to convince Pilate that Jesus was indeed a dangerous man and deserving of death.  And convince him they did…

“…the high priest [Caiaphas, this year] who is a puppet of the Romans and remains in power only as long as he is in favor with them, remembers the terrible destruction [of Jerusalem] under Pompey… fears that this will happen again, if some self-proclaimed Messiah stirs up the people again. National aspirations and the restoration of the Kingdom of David is in the air.” ~Fr Stevens, Homily, Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent.

“Are You the king of the Jews?”

So what does Caiaphas do?  He reminds Pontius Pilate that there can be no king but Caesar(Jn 19:12).  And this Jesus is making Himself into a king, so wouldn’t that threaten the current ruler, Caesar?  After all, Pilate examined Jesus himself and asked Him…

Are you the King of the Jews? ~Jn 18:33c

Jesus asks Pilate if this question comes from him – Pilate – or because this is what those who are seeking His death have said?  Pilate answers Him…

“Am I a Jew?  Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” Jn 18:35

This begins one of the most interesting discourses between God and man.  Here is a man, Pilate, who has charge of an outpost in the Roman Empire that is notorious for dissenters, zealots, and assassins who would love nothing better than to be rid of the Romans…

…Judas the Cicarii, one of the political assassins whose hatred of the Romans drove them to violence… ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Tuesday of Holy Week.

And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. ~Mk 15:7

He released a man who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder, whom they asked for; ~Lk 23:25

So Pilate really wants to understand why all this fuss…what’s the real reason for the religious leaders turning this man who seemed quite innocent, over to him to be put to death?…

For he knew it was out of envy that they had delivered Him up. ~Mt 27:18

So Jesus answers Pilate…

My kingship is not of this world; if… [it] were, My servants would fight, that I might not be handed over… ~Jn 18:36

[Pilate Answers] So you are a king? ~Jn 18:37

[Jesus responds] …For this I was born, for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.  Every one who is of the truth hears My voice.” ~Jn 18:37b

Then Pilate reveals his true motives when he asks…

What is truth? ~Jn 18:38

Have nothing to do with this Man…

So, Pilate being full aware of the turmoil that existed because of the occupation by the Romans was not interested in starting anything new.  The mere fact that he could not find any guilt in Jesus (Lk 23:14; Mk 15:14; Jn 18:38), and his wife sent him word telling him to leave Jesus alone (Mt 27:19), leaves the reader to see that Pilate was TRULY, only INTERESTED in KEEPING HIS JOB…

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this righteous Man’s blood;…” ~Mt 27:24

…Pilate wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. ~Mk 15:15

And their voices prevailed…Jesus he delivered up to their will. ~Lk 23: 22c, 25c

Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified. ~Jn 19:16

Pilate had the power to release Jesus (Jn 19:10), but he also knew that TRUTH was not something he wanted to deal with.  Pilate’s truth existed in maintaining his head on his shoulders, and to go against Caesar meant losing that head.

“If you release this Man, you are not Caesar’s friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar!” ~Jn 19: 12b, emphasis added.

And they crucified Him…

Jesus is lead off to be put to death, a criminal’s death for He had two criminals crucified along with Him (Lk 23:32).  His hands and feet were fixed to the Cross, His garments were divided among the soldiers (Jn 19: 23-24), and prophecy upon prophecy was fulfilled (Ps 22:18, Ps 69:21; Is 2-6, Zech 12:10), and most importantly sin lost its grip on humanity!

“O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~1 Cor 15: 15c-17

Such was given to us on that fate-filled day, when the Lamb was slain, when the Church was born by His own blood and water which flowed from His side (Jn 19: 34-35), and the veil in the temple – that which separated God from the everyman – was torn in half with an earthquake that followed.  Many of the Roman soldiers then exclaimed…

“Truly this man was the Son of God!” ~Mk 15:39c

None so great a testimony to this was the Resurrection of the Son of God that followed three days later as Jesus predicted it would…

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and He will be raised on the third day.” ~Mt 20:18-19

And it is because of that Resurrection Christ gives us His most GLORIOUS GIFT –  His DIVINE MERCY!

Watch and REMEMBER what our Lord, Jesus Christ, SUFFERED for US!

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