Monday, April 15, 2019

Monday of Holy Week

From Father Mark at Vultus Christi:
Our own experience of struggle and of wrestling with evil allows us to enter into the prayer of Christ given us in the Propers of today’s Mass, not as spectators looking on from the sidelines, but as participants. Today’s Introit is taken from Psalm 34, a passionate appeal for vindication. “Judge, O Lord, those that wrong me, fight against those that fight against me: take hold of arms and shield, and arise to help me, O Lord, the strength of my salvation” (Ps 34:1-2). This is the prayer of the suffering Christ to the Father; because it is His prayer, it is ours. “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him Who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard for His godly fear” (Heb 5:7). It is precisely this prayer of Christ, His costly, agonizing prayer “out of the depths” (Ps 129:1), that is given us in the psalms. (Read more.)

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