Sunday, April 05, 2009
Preparing the Victim
From The Fathers of the Church, St. Jerome's Commentary on Matthew:
"Mt 26:3-4 : Then the chief priests and elders of the peopple were gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. And they took counsel that they might seize Jesus by means of deceit and kill him.
With the Passover near, those who should have been preparing victims, making smooth the walls of the Temple, sweeping the pavement, cleansing the vessels, and purifying themselves in accordance with the rite of the Law, that they might become worthy to eat the lamb, are gathered together and enter into counsel to determine how to kill the Lord."
Now that it is Holy Week, if we have not been to Confession, this is the time of year which obligates us to go in order that we may meet the other obligation; to receive Holy Communion once during the Easter Season. It is a time of preparation, it is a time of cleansing, a time of serious self-examination.
None of us are worthy to partake in the Sacrifice of the Divine Victim, but He offers Himself and He invites us to enter into His Passion.
But we have a choice; we can either be like the chief priests and elders who plotted evil, or we can choose to leave the obscurity of deceit and speak out loud those things that have kept us in the darkness of sin.
For only if we are cleansed through the Sacrament of Confession can we truly enter into the Passion and receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lamb of God.