The Passion of Christ…but where?


The Passion of Christ

Today is Good Friday. Let’s meditate on the sufferings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

                                                      Let us pray
Lord our God, through the passion of your only Son, you have freed us from our inheritance of sin and death. Destroy in us our inborn likeness to Adam and create us a new in the likeness of the new and sinless Adam. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Today is the 21st day of March, 2008, Good Friday. On my DVD player, I’ve just watched The Passion of the Christ, a movie directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel. I exactly don’t know how many times i have seen this, maybe 10, or maybe more, but i haven’t yet understood the real story. That Jesus was betrayed by Judas, yes. That He was scourged and crucified for this betrayal, yes. That He died and resurrected, yes. The plot is clear. The sequences are in order.

Still, something is missing. What it is, I really don’t know. Maybe I will watch it again, and again, to grasp it.

I remember when i was on the third grade. I was then 10 years old. The school was Bongabong Elementary, a public school located in a remote area, at that time, two hours bus ride from the Davao City (in the southern part of the Philippines). We were taught RELIGION by Mrs. Apolonia de la Cerna. The Seven Capital Sins, The Seven Corporal and The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy…and many more which I have already forgotten. She also taught us prayers and The Holy Rosary.

I studied well. When the year ended, I topped in my class. As part of the commencement exercises, I was to recite a short poem probably written by her. The title was The Passion of Christ. I can still remember it went this way:
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                The Passion of Christ

          Jesus hanging on the cross
          Tell me is it I?
          There are teardrops in your eyes
          Did I make you cry?

          I have been a naughty child
          As naughty as can be
          Now I am very sorry, Lord
          Won’t you pardon me?


When I recited this in front of the parents, I never knew what was the real message it brought. What was only clear were the words I uttered.

But that was then– many years ago. Looking back at it, I now fully comprehend the message. Clearly. Distinctly. A very short poem takes time to be completely understood because the words used may bear different meanings.

To understand the passion of our Lord? It will take a much longer time, sometimes a lifetime, sometimes never in a lifetime. The lesson we can learn from the DVD is a very small part of the whole. It is only a droplet compared to an ocean. Even thousands of DVDs could not complete it.

How can one grasp the lesson? The meaning? I am not an authority on this, neither will I try to illustrate things to achieve the answer. I may mislead others which I don’t want to. As I have said, I myself missed the answer. All what we can do is to keep on searching for it in an untiring way asking for Divine Intervention. Who knows, it might be just around the bend.

May we find the answer sooner!

Have a blessed Good Friday!



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7 comments on “The Passion of Christ…but where?

  1. Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.

    Jesus said, “Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.” John 10:17. That is, “My Father has so loved you that He even loves Me more for giving My life to redeem you. In becoming your Substitute and Surety, by surrendering My life, by taking your liabilities, your transgressions, I am endeared to My Father; for by My sacrifice, God can be just, and yet the Justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.”

    None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption; for only He who was in the bosom of the Father could declare Him. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest. Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father’s love to lost humanity.

    “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” He gave Him not only to live among men, to bear their sins, and die their sacrifice. He gave Him to the fallen race. Christ was to identify Himself with the interests and needs of humanity. He who was one with God has linked Himself with the children of men by ties that are never to be broken. Jesus is “not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11); He is our Sacrifice, our Advocate, our Brother, bearing our human form before the Father’s throne, and through eternal ages one with the race He has redeemed–the Son of man. And all this that man might be uplifted from the ruin and degradation of sin that he might reflect the love of God and share the joy of holiness.

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  2. yah, many people still don’t understand the REAL meaning of Christ’s death on the cross…yah, finding the answer/s to the questions raised may cause a lifetime search..and yes, it’s not the dvds which can give us the answer…,it’s the BIBLE.please read Joshua 1:8…Godbless us always

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  3. The greatest love story ever told is One Man dying on the cross to give us life…
    You can only understand the depth of that love when you receive a revelational knowlege of your sins before God. Every pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation only point to the One and Only Begotten of the Father and His name is Jesus.
    Do we really want to understand and know the passions significance? Believe and receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life, and its not religion; its a relationship with Him… Why not try… He’s just a prayer away…God bless you

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