Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monthly Requiem

Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

In the midst of Ordinary Time, we remember the departed today with our monthly Requiem Liturgy. And during this morning's Eucharist, we heard a section of the passion narrative from the Gospel of Saint Mark. What was it about Jesus' final breath that made a Roman centurion understand so completely that it was truly God's own breathWhat was it about Jesus' last long breath that disclosed His divinity? How is Christ Jesus even now breathing His Holy Spirit upon us?