Archive for February 17, 2014

SEPTUAGESIMA = THE BABY CAME TO DIE

February 17, 2014

(For my classes, and with thanks to the many artists who have shown us the Shadow of the Cross in their works)

In Christendom,  this time after the Christmas holidays is not without meaning and purpose.

We have just celebrated the birth of the Infant King, promised to us for millennia,  promised to us for our health and salvation,  and is the only remedy known to man for the sins that plague him at every turn.

shadow mother

“…And you shall call His name Jesus.”    “His name shall be Emmanuel,  which means God-With-Us.”   And the people rejoice and give thanks and give each other gifts and show each other love and bake cookies and decorate Christmas trees and, after it’s all over, look fondly at the photos that were taken and cherish precious memories.

We feel happy . . .  as long as we can. . . until our (fallen) world begins to reassert itself, making impossible, inhumane demands on our time.   And we put away our Christmas wrappings,  and all the charming traditions of Epiphany and Candlemas.  . . .

The Infant grows  into Child.

shadow of carpenter

It’s natural to have  a period of quietness, then, and this is the time when the Church presents us with thoughts of why that Infant was born – the Son of God –  He is named Jesus,  i.e.  God Saves.

We have before us in time that reason, and that reason is Calvary, because that is where the Redemptive Act of God did take place, the “saving” of the human race.    And our emotions change.

 “He came to seek and to save those who were lost. . . “shadow of preaching

This is the season of Septuagesima.  It’s the “70”  days before the Passion of Christ and that day commonly called “Easter.”    (Perhaps I’ll write about the naming of that day in a few weeks.)    Next Sunday will be Sexagesima,  which is counted as “60”  days before Easter….

This is Christendom.    The soul of society.    It gently and wisely shepherds us from one season to the next,  presenting to us Readings and teachings with deep and richly rewarding meanings for our personal lives.

Look forward, now,  to the next great event that is lifted up before our eyes:   This fallen world is Redeemed.   “Whosoever will. . . .”

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