It seems many Holy Saturdays I awake to clear blue skies, budding green trees, and birds singing of the beauty of creation. The earth is full of promise, the seeds of darkest winter about to burst with hope and joy. Oh, praise the Lord for all that is good!
The seed planted just yesterday, though, is yet to break free from its’ grave. Jesus, the Christ, lies behind the tombstone, affording us this one day to contemplate the Christ-event. Because we know what tomorrow brings, we may be tempted to skip this part, to go right to the candy, the colored eggs and long-awaited ‘Alleluias.’
Instead, on this Holy Saturday, I invite you to contemplate the impact of the life of Jesus our Lord. What was he trying to accomplish in you by his words and deeds? Can you dip your hand in the bowl with him, deny yourself, follow him, carry his cross and die with him? Can you forgive as Jesus does, love as he did? Has his very spirit been planted, watered and nurtured within you, that You might never again be separated from him?
I pray today that each of us who waits in joyful hope for the coming resurrection may, through prayer and contemplation, answer a resounding AMEN to these questions when tomorrow comes. Pray with me 🙏🏼
Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. (Ancient homily on Holy Saturday)
Christ carrying the Cross, Titian, Ca. 1565. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Renaissance painting abounds with representations of Christ bearing the cross on the road to Calvary, either as an isolated figure, or with an executioner assailing him, or accompanied by soldiers, curious bystanders and followers, among whom the depiction of Simon of Cyrene is relatively common. The painting possesses a strong emotional charge. Titian has reduced the narrative elements to a minimum, accentuating the scene´s dramatic qualities. His decision to place the figures in the very close foreground, (something that is exceptional within Titian´s oeuvre) bringing the faces of the two men close together on either side of the diagonal created by the cross, intensifies the relationship between them. Titian also prominently depicts the elements that denote Christ´s suffering: the rope around His neck, the crown of thorns, and the drops of blood on His face. The most moving element, however, is Christ´s tearful gaze, directed squarely at the viewer as a plea to join Him. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••#italian#painter#artist#instaart#instaartist#instaartwork#art#arte#artsy#artistic#artwork#artgallery#painting#oilpainting#oiloncanvas#religion#catholic#faith#cross#easter#details#emotions#colors#renaissance#eyes#arthistory#history#artlovers#art_spotlight#tears
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THE UNIQUE RESURRECTION OF JESUS (1)
20 APRIL 2019 ‘I died, but look – I am alive forever and ever!’ Revelation 1:18 NLT
The fact that Jesus arose from the dead isn’t what makes Him unique. The Bible records seven other resurrections. Jesus was number eight (the biblical number for new beginnings). In two amazing ways His resurrection was unlike any other; let’s look at them: 1) His was the only resurrection foretold in advance. David prophesied of Jesus: ‘For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave’ (Psalm 16:10 NLT). And Isaiah foretold life for Him beyond His crucifixion. ‘When you make His soul an offering for sin…He shall prolong His days’ (Isaiah 53:10 NKJV). Jesus actually forecast His resurrection from death. ‘Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem…be killed and on the third day be raised to life’ (Matthew 16:21 NIV 2011 Edition). 2) Only Jesus raised Himself from the dead! His enemies deemed Him a helpless victim of their determined efforts to eradicate Him and His mission. But they were wrong on all counts! He said, ‘No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again’ (John 10:18 NLT). All of Rome’s might and the hatred of his Jewish persecutors couldn’t eliminate Jesus or nullify His cause. He needed no help. In His death and in His resurrection, He was always at the helm. ‘Destroy this temple [my body], and in three days I will raise it up’ (John 2:19 NLT). And He did! He’s alive forevermore!
Bible in a Year: Ruth 1-4, John 8:28-59
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«Che cosa è avvenuto? Oggi sulla terra c'è grande silenzio, grande silenzio e solitudine. Grande silenzio perché il Re dorme: la terra è rimasta sbigottita e tace perché il Dio fatto carne si è addormentato e ha svegliato coloro che da secoli dormivano. Dio è morto nella carne ed è sceso a scuotere il regno degli inferi. [...] Egli vuole scendere a visitare quelli che siedono nelle tenebre e nell'ombra di morte. Dio e il Figlio suo vanno a liberare dalle sofferenze Adamo ed Eva che si trovano in prigione».
(da un'antica omelia sul Sabato Santo, IV secolo)
April 20 is the Feast Day of😇SAINT AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO 😇
🙏Saint AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO pray for us🙏
Born wealthy. A pious child, at age six she began nagging her parents to join a convent. She was admitted to the convent at Montepulciano, Italy at age nine. When her spiritual director was appointed abbess at Procena, she took Agnes with her. Agnes’s reputation for holiness attracted other sisters. Abbess at age fifteen after receiving special permission from Pope Nicholas IV. Agnes insisted on greater austerities in the abbey; she lived off bread and water, slept on the ground, used a stone for a pillow. In 1298 she returned to Montepulcianoto work in a new Dominican convent. Prioress of the house the last seventeen years of her life. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy.
Many stories grew up around Agnes, including
Her birth was announced by flying lights surrounding her family’s house.
As a child, while walking through a field, she was attacked by a large murder of crows; she announced that they were devils, trying to keep her away from the land; years later, it was the site of her convent.
She was known to levitate up to two feet in the air while praying.
She received Communion from an angel, and had visions of the Virgin Mary.
She held the infant Jesus in one of these visions; when she woke from her trance she found she was holding the small gold crucifix the Christ child had worn.
On the day she was chosen abbess as a teenager, small white crosses showered softly onto her and the congregation.
She could feed the convent with a handful of bread, once she’d prayed over it.
Where she knelt to pray, violets, lilies and roses would suddenly bloom.
While being treated for her terminal illness, she brought a drowned child back from the dead.
At the site of her treatment, a spring welled up that did not help her health, but healed many other people.
Born 1268 Died 1317 catholicsaints.info
This week is the Holy week for the Catholic church and this is one of the main attractions in Malaga. Even though was well past midnight hundreds of people were on the streets celebrating Jesus's last week. Basilica de la Encarnacion