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Full text: Good Friday Homily of Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, 2012-04-06 Vatican Radio Below, please find the full text of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, **************************** Father Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcapI DIED, AND BEHOLD I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE (Revelation 1:18) Homily of Good Friday 2012 in Saint Peters Basilica
Some ancient Fathers of the Church enclosed in an image the whole mystery of the redemption. Imagine, they said, that an epic fight took place in the stadium. A courageous man confronted a cruel tyrant who had the city enslaved and, with enormous effort and suffering, defeated him. You were on the terraces; you did not fight, or make an effort or get wounded. However, if you admire the courageous man, if you rejoice with him over his victory, if you intertwine crowns, arouse and stir the assembly for him, if you kneel joyfully before the triumphant one, kiss his head and shake his right hand; in a word, if you rave so much as to consider his victory yours, I tell you that you will certainly have part of the victors prize.
However, there is more: imagine that the victor had himself no need of the prize he had won, but wished more than anything to see his supporter honored and considers as the prize of his combat the crowning of his friend, in that case, perhaps, will that man not obtain the crown also though he has not toiled on been wounded? He certainly will obtain it!
It happens thus, say the Fathers, between Christ and us. On the cross, he defeated the ancient enemy. Our swords exclaims Saint John Chrysostom were not bloodied, we were not in agony, we were not wounded, we did not even see the battle and yet we obtain the victory.
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"This changes everything. It is not just a question of attending a representation, but of accepting the significance, of passing from spectators to actors. It is up to us therefore to choose what part we want to play in the drama, who we wish to be: Peter, Judas, Pilate, the crowd, the Cyrenean, John, Mary
No one can remain neutral; not take a position, means to take a very precise one: Pilates who washes his hands or the crowd standing by, watching (Luke 23:35). "
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