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Day 36:  The Moment Of Triumph

Day 36: The Moment of Triumph

Jesus’ last words on the cross are a shout of triumphant faith. The earlier cry of abandonment has now given way to a declaration of supreme confidence in God. Without hesitation, the Son entrusts Himself totally to His Father. Nor was it a passive surrender. As St. John Chrysostom noted, the Gospel of John contains an important detail in this regard. Usually a man dies, Chrysostom observed, and then his lifeless head bends down. But according to the Gospel, Jesus bowed His head first, and then died (John 19:30)—this is a sign that He was laying down His life willingly.

“No one takes My life from Me,” He had told His disciples, “but I lay it down of My own accord” (John 10:18). In Matthew’s account especially, we find evidence that these last words were less the last gasp of a Victim than the trumpet of a victorious Warrior King preparing to return home from battle.

Matthew writes, “And behold, the curtain of the temple was tom in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised” (Matthew 27:51–52). Anne Catherine’s vision focuses on this militant aspect of Our Lord’s death. The brave centurion submits to his new Commander, and countless other hearts as well are conquered by His grace. The earth trembles beneath her Lord’s advance, the saints of old are released from prison, and the ancient Enemy is at last utterly overthrown.

Lord, we along with the earth welcome You as the conquering King. Come to claim your kingdom and all of us, your humble servants.

From the Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

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