See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Handed over into the hands of sinful men.



"The Mystery of the Betrayer."

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Every time I receive Holy Communion in the hand, or I'm called upon to repose the Blessed Sacrament after adoration, I think of this prophecy of Jesus, "The Son of man will be handed over into the hands of sinful men."  I shudder when I recall being allowed to bring Holy Communion to my mother during her last few months on earth.  The pastor of a local church permitted me to take a consecrated host each day after Communion, placing it in a pix which fit into my watch pocket.  The Blessed Sacrament was with me sometimes all day long, until I had the chance to visit my mother in the hospice after work.  That happened in 1982. 
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The following is taken from the Pope's new book: 
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'He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.'
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John notes how Jesus goes on to quote Scripture, saying "'He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.'"
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"This is Jesus' classic way of speaking," the Pontiff reflected. "He alludes to his destiny using words from Scripture, thereby locating it directly within God's logic, within the logic of salvation history. [...]

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"Jesus must experience the incomprehension and the infidelity even of those within his innermost circle of friends and, in this way, 'fulfill the Scripture.' He is revealed as the true subject of the Psalms, the 'David' from whom they come and through whom they acquire meaning."
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"Jesus took upon himself the betrayal of all ages, the pain caused by betrayal in every era, and he endured the anguish of history to the bitter end."
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Benedict XVI observed how the evangelist gives a "new depth to the psalm verse."

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"[I]nstead of the expression given in the Greek Bible for 'eating,' he chooses the verb trogein, the word used by Jesus in the great 'bread of life' discourse for 'eating' his flesh and blood, that is, receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist," the Holy Father explained. "So the psalm verse casts a prophetic shadow over the Church of the evangelist's own day, in which the Eucharist was celebrated, and indeed over the Church of all times: Judas' betrayal was not the last breach of fidelity that Jesus would suffer. [...]
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"The breach of friendship extends into the sacramental community of the Church, where people continue to take 'his bread' and to betray him."
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Citing Blaise Pascal, the Pope added that "Jesus' agony, his struggle against death, continues until the end of the world. [...] We could also put it the other way around: at this hour, Jesus took upon himself the betrayal of all ages, the pain caused by betrayal in every era, and he endured the anguish of history to the bitter end." - Pope's New Book, Zenit
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Icon:  Extreme Humility

7 comments:

  1. Terry, I do not mean to inflate your ego, or provide you with an occasion to indulge in the sin of pride (especially in a post about humility), but I want to just say that I really sense and admire your love for God. It makes me want to love Him more -- it is sanctifying somehow. I know you talk about your being a bad man. We're all bad men. But there are some bad men who try to love God, who do not often forget or betray that primary orientation of their being, which our heart's longing calls them to. Or, if they do, they return to mercy. Or they try to. Whatever they do or don't know, somehow, they know how impoverished we all are. And somehow, sometimes--most times, I think--deep down, they love it.

    So thank you.

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  2. +JMJ+

    "Locating it directly within God's logic" is a beautiful phrase. What a theologian!

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  3. I second Patrick, Terry. thank you for this blog.

    Now should I say something mean in order to deflate your pride? :)

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  4. Years ago whenI was struggling massively with PTSD and depression, my very wise shrinktold me to surroundmyself with as much "positive" as I could, since my brain was already full of "negative"..So slowly but surely I identified the "positive" people in my life, and endeavored to spend more time with them. And I search for the "little" positive--the lady that taught me how to say the Rosary, the man who showed me how to replace the windshield wipers on my car, the little random acts of kindness day each day that St Therese Little Flower wrote about....

    Terry is a wonderful example of one of those "positive" people--by his day-to-day example of his walk with Christ gives me encouragement and strengthens my faith..plus I learn about so many new saints too!!

    God Bless you my friend :)

    Sara

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  5. Aw shucks!

    Seriously - don't be deceived.

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  6. Haha, I'm just laughing at how this post about humility turned out. :)

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  7. This morning when Father handed me my pix to go to the homebound...this post immediately came to mind.
    "into the hands of sinful men."
    I've been meditating on it all day.
    +PAX

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