Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Preaching and Teaching on Holy Week

From Pope Benedict's homily on Palm Sunday 2011

"We are on pilgrimage with the Lord to the heights. We are striving for pure hearts and clean hands, we are seeking truth, we are seeking the face of God. Let us show the Lord that we desire to be righteous, and let us ask him: Draw us upwards! Make us pure! Grant that the words which we sang in the processional psalm may also hold true for us; grant that we may be part of the generation which seeks God, 'which seeks your face, O God of Jacob' (cf. Ps 24:6). Amen."

from Pope Benedict's book "Jesus of Nazarareth, Holy Week", published by Ignatius Press 2011

"The reality of evil and injustice that disfigures the world and at the same time distorts the image of God -- this reality exists, through our sin. It cannot simply be ignored; it must be addressed. But here it is not a case of a cruel God demanding the infinite. It is exactly the opposite: God himself becomes the locus of reconciliation, and in the person of his Son takes the suffering upon himself. God himself grants his infinite purity to the world. God himself 'drinks the cup' of every horror to the dregs and thereby restores justice though the greatness of his love, which, through suffering, transforms the darkness." p. 232

"the greatness of Christ's love is revealed precisely in the fact that he takes us up into himself in all our wretchedness, into his living and holy sacrifice, so that we truly become 'his body'". p. 237

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