Into the Silence
Listening to the Passion plunges us into silence. The Word has been silenced. Only a fool would dare to speak. One would be tempted not to preach today, but Saint Leo the Great says, “The priest is not free to withhold from the people’s ears instruction by sermon on this great mystery of God’s mercy, inasmuch as the subject itself, being unspeakable, gives him ease of utterance, and what is said cannot altogether fail where what is said can never be enough” (Sermon 62, On the Passion of the Lord). Anything less than a word out of silence is unworthy of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ; anything more is superfluous. If I preach today, it is for the sake of silence: a word out of silence, a word into silence. Like Saint Paul, “I am with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3). In offering you these few words, my only purpose is to guide you into the harbour of an immense and solemn stillness.
The Mystery of the Cross
The Cross reveals its mystery only to