Thursday, May 28, 2009


And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom: and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matt. 27:50-53)

THE RENDERING OF THE ROCKS gives us an idea of the effect which the contemplation of our Lord's sufferings and death ought to produce on us. At the sight of our crucified Savior, our hearts ought to "quake" with terror at the evil of sin, and "heave" with pain at the thought of His sufferings; and they ought to be "rent" with contrition, even if they be hard as stone! They ought to open and cast off their dead works and sins by a good confession, and rise to a new life with Jesus Christ (St. Bernard).
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)