What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.
O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!
~St. Augustine, Exsultet of Easter Missale Romanum 1970
This week I am meditating upon St. Thomas's great profession of faith: "My Lord and my God!" I am so grateful to God for His love for me, a wretched sinner, and His gift to me of union with Him. As I think back over my own sinful past, I have sometimes been angry. Why did I do such foolish things? Where was God when I was afraid, lonely, or in despair? When I "have sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done or have failed to do"? I am trying now to see God in all things, even in those difficult moments of my past. And what do I see?
|God the Father, Veronese|
|The Holy Spirit, Giaquinto|
I see the Holy Spirit, hovering over the scene, convicting me of sin even as I acted upon my own whims and sinful desires, pouring out the grace that would bring me back to God.
|The Raising of Lazarus, Bloch|
I see Jesus, grieving over my spiritual death as He wept over His friend Lazarus, praying for me in the garden, walking the Via Dolorosa to the Cross.
|Noli Me Tangere, Tissot|
|The Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb, Fra Angelico|