Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20
Today as we await the Resurrection of our Lord, St. Paul reminds us in our scripture reading that we have been crucified with Christ. The thought of fellowship with Christ in His bearing the Cross has often led to the vain attempt in our own power to follow Him and bear His image. But this is impossible to man until he first learns to know what it means to say, “I have been crucified with Christ.”
When Adam died, all his descendants died with him and in him. And the power of that sin and death, in which all his descendants share, works in every child of Adam every day.
Christ came as the second Adam. In His death on the Cross all who believe in Him have a share. Each one may say in truth, “I have been crucified with Christ.” As the representative of His people, He took them up with Him on the Cross. The life that He gives is the crucified life, in which He entered heaven and was exalted to the throne, standing as a Lamb that was slain. The power of His death and life works in me, and as I hold fast the truth that I have been crucified with Him, and that now I myself live no more but Christ liveth in me, I receive power to conquer sin; the life that I have received from Him is a life that has been crucified and made free from the power of sin. The life that He lives in heaven has its strength and its glory in the fact that it is a crucified life. And the life that He imparts to the believing disciple is even so a crucified life with its victory over sin and its power of access into God’s presence. Brethren, it is indeed true that I no longer live, but Christ lives in me as a Crucified One. As faith realizes and holds fast the fact that the crucified Christ lives in me, life in the fellowship of the Cross becomes a possibility and a blessed experience.
MASS: VIOLET Readings for the Easter Vigil, which is an Easter Sunday Mass: Gen 1:1 . 2:2 or 1: 1. 26-31a; Ps 104:1-2a. 5-6. 10. 12. 13-14. 24. 35c (R.30); or Ps 33: 4-5. 6-7. 12-13. 20. 22 (R.5b); Gen 22:1-18 or 22:1-2. 9a. 10-13. 15-18; Ps 16:5. 8. 9-10. 11 (R.1); Ex 14:15. 15:1; Ps Ex 15:1b-2. 3-4. 5-6. 17-18 (R.1b); Is 54:5-14; Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11-12a. 13b (R.2a); Is 55: 1-11; Ps Is 12:2-3. 4bcde. 5-6 (R.3); Bar 3:9-15. 32. 4:4; Ps 19:8. 9. 10. 11 (R.Jn 6:68c); Ezk 36:16-17a. 18-28; Ps 42:3. 5bcd; 43:3. 4 (R.42:2); or Ps 51:12-13. 14-15. 18-19 (R.12a); Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118:1-2. 15c-17. 22-23; Mk 16:1-7 HOLY SATURDAY
1. “Passion of Christ, strengthen me! Strengthen me under the pressure of temptation. Strengthen me when principle is at stake. Strengthen me to do Your Will, My God. Strengthen me in moments of suffering, in times of loneliness, in periods of depression. Strengthen me that I may never swerve from You, dear Christ, nor be weakened through human respect, through a desire to be popular, through hope of social distinction. Strengthen me to accept my cross and carry it generously to the end. On the battlefield of life, stand by me that I may never prove a traitor in the ranks. Stand by me that I may not be dazzled by the glitter and glow of the enemy camp. Amen.
Exercise: Take the “Stations of the Cross” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 25).
Meditation: 1 Peter 2:24.