Love is stronger than death

Reflections for Good Friday

“I had long been haunted by the Russian conception of the humiliated Christ, the lame Christ limping through Russia, begging his bread; the Christ who, all through the ages, might return to the earth and come even to sinners to win their compassion by his own need. Then, in the flash of a second, I knew that this dream is a fact; not a dream, not the fantasy or legend of a devout people, not the prerogative of the Russians, but Christ in man. Christ in his perfect human nature, Christ in his risen glory and Christ in his need and his suffering on earth, are reconciled into one. We have the whole Christ … Although [this vision] did not prevent me from ever sinning again, it showed me what sin is … it was to spit on him, perhaps to crucify him. I saw too the reverence that everyone must have for a sinner; instead of condoning his sin, which is in reality his utmost sorrow, one must comfort Christ who is suffering in him. And this reverence must be paid even to those sinners whose souls seem to be dead, because it is Christ, who is the life of the soul, who is dead within them; they are his tombs, and Christ in the tomb is potentially the Risen Christ. For the same reason no one of us who has fallen into mortal sin himself must ever lose hope.”

– Caryll Houselander (+1954, English mystic and poet)

O Jesus Christ, my Lord, with what great love did You pass over the painful road which led you to death and how often have I abandoned You. But now I love You Lord with all my heart; and because I love You, I repent sincerely for having offended You. Please forgive me my God, and allow me to accompany You on this journey. You died for love of me; I want, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of You. My Jesus, in your love I wish to live, in your love I wish to die.

In your gentle mercy, Lord, guide my wayward heart for I know that left to myself I cannot do your will. Amen.