Passion (noun) from the Latin, “pati” meaning “suffer.” Definition: An intense desire or enthusiasm for something.
What a fitting word to describe the suffering and crucifixion of our Lord. The Passion of our Lord which we read in the Gospel throughout this Holy Week is hard to hear at times. The brutal manner in which our Savior was beaten, mocked, and put to death is hard to fathom. Hearing accounts of the Passion becomes even more difficult with the realization that it is for our sins that this was endured. We realize in the reading of Christ’s Passion just how often we fall short of our Heavenly call. We are forced to examine our consciences. To see what side we would have been on. Would we have denied Him? Betrayed Him? What about now? The Passion of Christ forces us to think on these sorrowful and sometimes uncomfortable realities.
But at it’s heart, it is a story of Passion. Passion in His suffering, yes. But also the passion God has for us, The deep, passionate love that God has for each one of us. A love so strong and intense that He gave His only Son for us. God has a passion for each of us. He has an intense desire for each one of us. A desire for us to be with Him in Heaven filled with the peace, love, and joy that comes only from Him.
The Passion of Christ is not a made up story. It is true. Each sorrowful, beautiful, love filled moment is true. As we head into the Holy Triduum, let us listen to the accounts of His sorrowful Passion bearing in mind the intense, powerful love that is behind it all. Let us pray that this love fills us so that we may share it with those around us. Let us pray that our hearts be opened and that we might be able to love the Lord our God with such a deep and wondrous passionate love! On the cross His love for us was poured out in the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Through His dying, we have been given new life. By His sorrowful Passion, He has redeemed the world.