Sunday, March 16, 2014

33. WHERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFY MY LORD?

Luke 2:34-35 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.
For the fall: Christ came for the salvation of all men; but here Simeon prophesies what would come to pass, that many through their own wilful blindness and obstinacy would not believe in Christ, nor receive his doctrine, which therefore would be ruin to them: but to others a resurrection, by their believing in him, and obeying his commandments.
AS YOU READ ALONG, PLEASE LISTEN TO EACH VIDEO...
AND YOU WILL FEEL THE GRACES OF GOD 
FLOWING UNTO YOU.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh were you there when they crucified my Lord?
(Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble)
Tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?
(Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble)
Tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
(Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble)
Tremble
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Well, were you there when the stone was rolled away?
Were you there when the stone was rolled away?
(Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble)
Tremble
Were you there when the stone was rolled away?

After I watched and listened to this video music I was so deeply touched almost in the verge of tears and as I scrolled down to read some comments, I came across this one (below) by Mr. Isaak Riger written 6 days ago which truly caused my  tears to fall and my heart to tremble.

Isaak Riger 6 days ago
My Catholic Priest Father Pat told a story to me on Good Friday about how he prayed to Jesus and told him I wasn't there lord for how could I. He said Jesus Replied "You should have been there". When ever I remember him saying that I cry for I should have been there to morn for my lord but I wasn't.

Where you there when they crucify my Lord?

When Jesus said "You should have been there." The first thing that would come to our mind is why not. We should have been there to provide Jesus comfort during His sufferings.

Mark 15:13 But they again cried out: Crucify him.

But, did it not occur to our minds instead... that yes... we all were there, all of us, not to comfort him. but we where there to mock him instead with our sinfulness, with our weaknesses, with our differences with each other, with our divisions, with our righteousness, and yes....we were shouting "Crucify him" then and now. 

Mark 15:14 And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him. 

No one answered Pilate's question. And even up to now, we do not accept Jesus Christ is truly our God. Sometimes, we are bothered by our conscience and yet we continue not to care. We would rather listen to other people's beliefs and teachings than listen to Jesus Himself. We would rather follow and accept human's idea of God than our God Himself. Just as it happened 2,000 years ago, the people believed the Pharisees and Sadducees than Jesus Christ and His Apostles and yes... we continue that kind of mentality to believe eloquent false messengers and false teachers and their perverted and corrupted bibles than the true words of Christ. We would easily accept their beliefs and ideas rather than our wisdom and what is true. We do what we want to do even if we will be offending and hurting Jesus over and over again.

Mark 15:20 And after they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own garments on him, and they led him out to crucify him.

We all laughed and mocked others quickly over their mistakes and faults. We all laughed and mocked anyone outside our religion. We robbed Jesus of all his sacrifices and crucifion to save all of us from the evils of this world, death and eternal damnation in hell. 

Luke 23:21 But they cried again, saying: Crucify him, crucify him.

Yes, we cried out loud again: Crucify him, crucify him. We love what we were doing, we love committing sins over and over again and each time we, we will mock Jesus, we will shout crucify him and we will nail him to His cross over and over again.

John 19:6 When the chief priests, therefore, and the servants, had seen him, they cried out, saying: Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Take him you, and crucify him: for I find no cause in him.

How many times did we continue to rave madness even when people have already apologized? We tend to lose control of ourselves. We show disrespect for our elders and for the church people of God who is guiding us to God and to our salvation. Instead of showing compassion and support for them to reform when they commit errors, we would go far out of our way to destroy instead the very people whom God had commissioned to lead us to safety from the clutches of the evil one. Just as we did two thousand years ago. We denied the divinity of Jesus and crucified Him instead.

John 19:15 But they cried out: Away with him; away with him; crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar.

How many times we deny help and comforting words for our love ones, families, friends and our neigbors? How many times did we say: "get out, away from me, get out of my life, I don't care about you anymore, you are no longer my family, you are no longer my friends... I don't love you anymore, I don't believe in God, I don't care...." 

John 19:10 Pilate therefore saith to him: Speakest thou not to me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and I have power to release thee?

How many times that we brag and show others who we are and what are we capable of doing which are nothing but show-off and mere display of pride, ego and vanity.

We distance ourselves from our love ones, our friends and neighbors. We didn't care if the shortest distance between them and us was just a simple hug - the hug of friendship, the hug of love, compassion, understanding, humility, charity and forgiveness.

We look down more at people, we look down at anyone and put ourselves on top of everyone.
We struck lashes... we hit Him hard... we hit our love ones, our friends and neighbors... and would not help in their burdens.... this is how we are human being...

Via Dolorosa

Luke 23:34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But they, dividing his garments, cast lots.

And yet, our loving Lord prayed to His Father and asked for forgiveness for all of us who in spite of knowing him that He died for us, for our sins and for our salvation. And what have we done in return? We say we are already saved because it's what the scriptures says, that as long as we believe in Jesus Christ we are already saved. But what about those whom we mocked, we hurt, we destroyed ,we killed including the unborn, we stole from, we gossiped about, we disrespected, we raped, witnessed against untruthfully, and many more? Can we say we are we obeying God's commandments? Are we in-tuned with God's will? When we hurled invictiveness, hates, insults, mockery, are we not hurting God? Are we not committing sin at all against our Lord Jesus Christ? Have we forgotten that the wages of sin are death and eternal damnation in hell?

Who do you think is behind all these confusions in our acceptance of Jesus' Divinity, our understanding of what is forgiveness, or doing good to all and our salvation? There is no other but the devil. This devil will do everything in his power to confuse our minds and our hardened our hearts of what is right and wrong. He is good in blinding us of ideas being taught by these false teachers and messengers. 

Mark 15:27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

And when we judge others we crucify them based on what and how we perceived them to be not about what are their in their hearts. We don't care about how others feel as we only care for ourselves and what we feel. What happened to the love, the compassion, the understanding, the forgiveness, the caring? We all become uncharitable. We could see the garbage being thrown at us but we are not looking on what we throw back at them. We are very quick in judging, we are very quick in accusing, we are very fast in speaking invective words like arrows piercing their hearts. What have happened to the words of wisdom? To Caring and loving?

  • When you hurl invictiveness you nail Jesus. 
  • When you insult others you nail Jesus. 
  • When you mock someone you nail Jesus.  
  • When you are full of ego and vanity you nail Jesus.  
  • When you glorify yourself, you nail Jesus.  
  • When you lie to others you nail Jesus. 
  • When you destroy someone's dignity thru gossips you nail Jesus. 
  • When you witness falsely against someone you nail Jesus.  
  • When you refuse to share with the needy when you can you nail Jesus. 
  • When you refuse to help someone in distress when you can you nail Jesus. 
  • When you covet your neighbor's wife you nail Jesus. 
  • When you you commit bigamy or adultery you nail him, 
  • You can offend God in many ways by your words and actions, and you nail Jesus. 
  • Whenever you commit sin in thoughts and in actions, you nail Jesus. 

But Jesus and Mary quietly and silently... 

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Eli... Eli....


Where you there when they crucify my Lord?

It is time for all of us to reflect on ourselves. It doesn't matter which religion or church we belong to. The FACT is Jesus died for all of us, not for a particular church but for His True, Universal and Apostolic Church... us. 

Pope Benedict – Jews Innocent!

Jewish people must be breathing a sigh of relief at the moment . The Catholic Church, after two thousand years of mulling over the question has decided that the Jews are innocent for the death of Jesus, after all . In a new book, written by Pope Benedict, he says that it was in fact, the Temple authorities who were responsible for his crucifixion and not the whole of Jewishness .

In Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth he says :

Now we must ask – Who exactly were Jesus’ accusers ? ( adding that the gospel of St John’s simply says it was the Jews .)

But John’s use of this expression does not in any way indicate, as the modern reader might suppose , the people of Israel in general, even less is it racist in character .

After all, John himself was ethnically a Jew, as were Jesus and all his followers . The entire early Christian community was made up of Jews .

He then puts the blame at the Temple authorities .


THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS - WE ARE, ALL OF US, WE CONTINUE TO COMMIT ADULTERY, FORNICATIONS, SODOMY, HOMOSEXUALITY, MURDERS, DRUG ADDICTIONS, LOVE OF MONEY AND POWER....ALL KINDS OF SINS...ETC..ETC.. WE ARE THE ONES WHO CONTINUE TO CRUCIFY JESUS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.....WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP? WHEN ARE WE REFORMING OUR LIVES???.

Jesus said: 
"Love thy neighbor as I have loved you". 

In 1994 I participated in a Lenten play about the life of Jesus - "The Savior of The New City" as a crowd. During the whole practices and the actual show, I couldn't and never shouted "crucify him" at all, I would almost always be behind Mary Magdalene and shouted "Jesus" instead. 


God Bless you all!
Silent Crusader