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1.- Some thoughts on the position of the Christian contemplating the passion of Jesus

January 2001

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When we contemplate the Passion of Jesus, we recall events which happened on Good Friday, that is before the Resurrection. But in fact, we are a post-resurrection people. This has a real influence on the way in which we meditate on earlier events: we see the significance and richness of the Passion in the light of the Resurrection.

We find ourselves in a similar position to that of the apostles when Jesus appeared to them: they gazed on his wounds but they were the wounds of a resurrected man, in other words they could see Jesus alive, but he made them touch the reality of his suffering and death. Today, we contemplate the living Jesus, showing us the signs of his Passion.

How important is it for us to recall the Passion of Jesus? What is this life-giving bond that exists between Jesus’ Passion and the passion suffered by men and women of this era, which we believe is the era of the Resurrection?

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