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THE INCOMPARABLE SORROW OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
Part 1 of 4 CS-129 6-Feb-98
St. John the Evangelist
Lowered from the cross,
Jesus was laid down on some linen sheets
provided by the faithful Joseph of Arimathea,
and the most holy Body of the divine Martyr
was placed on the ground,
covered only by those sheets.
Understand what I mean when I speak about sheets.
The spirit of those present became painfully affected
upon taking note of how the body of the Lord
had turned almost red from the blood shed
from the numerous wounds.
Wounds that He had received from the time of the act of His arrest,
up to the lance thrust by Longinus.
The diligent Joseph took upon himself
to hastily wash the Corpse and perform a quick embalming
with the fragrances brought in by Nicodemus.
The fact of the death of Jesus had already been summarily confirmed,
and on this account Longinus ordered that the Most Holy Body
be released in the hands of Joseph of Arimathea,
as Pilate had previously determined.
I was next to my new Mother,
and my eyes were as if in flames
from the sharp pain of having watched my Master die,
hanging and hurting amidst so many insults and curses.
I had attended the death of the Son of God made Man.
It was an atmosphere worthy of Hell,
such was the clamor from the treacherous priests
who, at the sight of the sufferings of Jesus,
increased their aversion to Him more and more,
and kept blaspheming His Most Holy Name.
Calvary came to be a place of cruelty more than that of torment.
And if I and the other Evangelists have made only allusions to it,
it is due to our great love for Him,
who by dying was opening the doors of Paradise to all humanity.
However, in spite of the great deal of hatred
that turned the leaders livid
and of the enormous contempt concentrated against my Jesus,
one person was respected by all and no one dared to offend Her.
I speak of the Mother of Jesus
who was almost carried by me to the foot of the cross,
when the darkness and the consternation of those present
allowed us to get close to Jesus.