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As the Lord went to His voluntary Passion

April 18, 2011

Monday of Holy Week

As the Lord went to His voluntary Passion, He said to His apostles on the way: “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed, as it is is written of Him.” Come, then, and let us also journey with Him, purified in mind’ let us be crucified with Him and die for His sake to the pleasures of this life, that we may also live with Him and hear Him say: “No longer do I ascend to the earthly Jerusalem to suffer, but I ascend to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God; and I shall raise you up to the Jerusalem on high in the Kingdom of heaven.”

O brethren, let us fear the punishment of the fig tree, withered because it was unfruitful; and let us bring worthy fruit of repentance unto Christ, who grants us His great mercy.

Let your power over your fellow-men be altogether different from the dominion of the Gentiles: their self-willed pride is not the order that I have appointed, but a tyranny. He therefore who would be first among you, let him be the last of all. Acknowledge Me as Lord, and praise and exalt Me above all for ever.

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