Sixth Friday of the Year I
I just came from the altar, having celebrated the Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood. This particular Votive Mass is profoundly significant here at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme where the the relics of Our Lord’s Passion are preserved and venerated. The Wood of the Cross and the Thorns of the Crown were soaked in the Precious Blood of the Lamb. I remembered my dear friend Father Jeff Keyes, C.PP.S. who offered Holy Mass at this same altar just a few weeks ago.
Holding Fast to Christ
Our Lord calls any man who would come after Him to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Him” (cf. Mk 8:34). If I love Christ I will choose always to remain with him, to abide close to him. “I found Him whom my soul loves. I held Him and would not let Him go” (Ct 3:4).
Our Lord’s call to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him is not, first of all, a call to suffer. It is a call to be with