WORD of the DAY
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2: 6-8)
With powerful words, Paul sculpts the mystery of the Son of God made man and crucified for the redemption of the world. The same great mystery is also recounted by the long narration of Matthew with which today’s Liturgy moves aside the great curtain of the exaltation and passion of the Lord. Until Easter, the way of the Cross, foreseen, suffered, assumed by Jesus will animate the days of Holy Week. In the Ambrosian Rite it is called “Authentic” because it tells us ‘everything’ about Jesus. It unveils why He became ‘human’, why He came ‘to live in our midst’, ‘where and how’ He wants to lead us, and not lastly, He shows us the ‘Father’.
Yet, we are not given to understand the Passion of the Master if not though the grace of the Lord, whom we ask to introduce us into the great mystery. And Mary, His Mother, is beside us to help us enter with prayer, into the devouring fire of a God who became weak for us to the point of death.
The voice of Cardinal Martini
Lord Jesus, who for love of us goes to the Passion, grant that each of us lets ourself be drawn by You to follow You where You want to lead us.