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The Vigil of Easter

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Readings: Genesis 1:1—2:2; Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10 Read more

Good Friday

Friday, April 22, 2011
Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1:19:42 Read more

Holy Thursday: Washing Away our Daily Sins (John 13:1-15)

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Stations of the Cross: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Br. Robert Verrill OP gives a reflection on the Eleventh Station of the Cross-Jesus is nailed to the cross- in a video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz.

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Stations of the Cross: Simon Of Cyrene Carries the Cross

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Br. Mark Davoren OP gives a reflection on the Fifth Station of the Cross-Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross- in a video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz. Read more

Stations of the Cross

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Stations of the Cross: Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Monday, April 18, 2011

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'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Today’s readings: Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54 Read more

'It is finished' (John 19:30)

Friday, April 15, 2011
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'I Thirst'

Thursday, April 14, 2011
"After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst." John 19:28

This passage from the Gospel of St John records a truly poignant moment in the Passion of Our Lord. At its centre is something very human, something common to us all: thirst. All of us have experienced thirst to some degree and those who have experienced acute thirst know the distress it can bring. Real thirst can leave the body reeling and the mind confused. Whilst we can cope with hunger, indeed whilst we can live without food for some three weeks, we cannot do without water for more than a few days. The dying often experience intense thirst and it is as if the water, of which our bodies are largely constituted, is seeping away and with it the life that it symbolises.

In declaring this most human of needs, Christ, in His near final words upon the cross, spells out for us His true humanity. He declares that He has united Himself to us and shares with us in His sinless body all that is present in full human nature, the nature we are called daily to grow into and fulfil. The Roman soldier, no doubt moved by Jesus’ humble request, acquiesces and grants him some of the vinegar wine which he has. In this small act of human kindness we can see mirrored the far greater act of love which is Christ's death on the cross, a death given that our thirst may finally be quenched.

All of us thirst, but not just for water. We experience that deeper thirst at the very heart of our being for the One who gives us life and who promises life for all eternity. He never leaves our side and, even in the depths of distress, He lifts up to our lips the saving water of His blood, shed for us that we may know Him and be united to Him. “Oh God, you are my God for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you, like a dry weary land without water.” (Psalm 62)  Read more
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