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We Are All the Authors of Christ’s Passion

Catholic Apologetics #25

God Is Truly Outside of Time

When we pray to Our Lord, we are praying to God Himself.  And unlike a saint where we pray to them and they can hear our prayers because of the designs of God Who permits them to know of our prayers, our prayers to God were always known.  The next time you pray to the Lord, He knew you would be praying to Him.  In fact, He knew this before He was even born on this earth.  And as a baby in the manger, He knew and saw you in your prayers.  As He healed the sick and forgave sins, He saw you outside of time and He heard your prayers.  And as He suffered, was cruelly tortured, died, and was laid in the grave, He saw you in your prayers. 

That is why we often pray to the Child Jesus.  We don’t pray to the child St. Francis, we don’t pray to the crucified St. Peter, and we don’t pray to the suffering St. Paul.  But to God, we do. That is why various traditional Catholic prayers are directed to the Lord on the Cross or the Lord in the Tomb.  Truly and really, when we pray to Our Lord on the Cross, He saw your prayers and heard them when He was dying on the Tree.  And your prayers and your sacrifices that you offer to Him when you call on the Dying Savior, gave Him some small consolation in the moment of His Crucifixion since He, as God, saw them and heard them while He was dying.  That is the power of the One Whom we serve.  He is the most loving, most faithful, most caring, and most generous soul in the world that we will ever or could ever know.  And all He asks from us is that we love Him in return, with a love that demonstrates itself in our desire to keep His Commandments and to live holy lives.

God Saw Our Sins from the Cross

And just as Our Lord knew our prayers from the Cross, He also foresaw and knew our sins. When at the Garden in His Agony, He saw all of the sins of the world. He saw your sins long before you were ever born. My sins today, the ones I commit this day, increased His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Our sins today make His Passion more painful.

We are the authors of Christ’s Passion. As taught by Aristotle, there is a material, formal, efficient, and a final cause for all things. The final cause is the end for which something is done. And our salvation was a final cause of the Redeemer’s death. We know from Sacred Scripture that our Divine Redeemer willingly gave up His life on the Cross for the salvation of mankind (cf. John 10:18). In this sense, many people will rightfully say that the sins of all men, even all those who do not profit from the Redemption, are a final cause of Our Lord’s death.

Each of us must realize we continue to be the authors of Christ’s Passion and Death. Jesus Christ died once for all men — those who died before, during, and after His sacrifice on the Cross. And while the debt He paid was for all sins in the world — that is, a fixed number known to God alone — as sin continues to occur in our world now, our sins do increase the price that He paid on the Cross.

The next time you gaze on a Crucifix, comfort our Savior Who continues to suffer from the neglect, indifference, ridicule, and mockery He suffers in our apostatized world.


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