A Lenten Homily by Fr. Paul Jerome - Jesus carrying his cross through Jerusalem to Calvary, a mystery of our faith: Jesus eagerly receives the cross from his executioners. He falls at least three times, and gets up each time for our encouragement. He meets his grieving Mother, and the other holy women who have been following him. He revealed to St Bernard his most grievous pain came from the cross rubbing on his shoulder until all the flesh and muscle tissue was torn down to the bone. He gave us the example of receiving help from Simon the Cyrenian when he needed help.
Above all, he wanted to reach Calvary alive, in order to be raised up for the whole world to see. He was born in Bethlehem as a baby, in order that we might be able to approach him without fear, and find it easy to love him as our God, without being scared out of our wits by his Divine and Infinite Majesty! So now, He wanted to be raised up on the cross for the whole world to see how much he cared about us, and what price he was willing to pay for our Redemption. With a heart full of love He said, "When I am raised up I will draw all persons to myself."
Heart of Jesus, Living God and Gate of Heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity.
Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts, have mercy on us.