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Week of June 30, 2008
Centurion provides model for adoration
Holy Spirit transformed soldier's duty into act of love
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"We learn from the centurion's adoration of Jesus to keep watch over him, to behold him, to contemplate him."
"But I also believe the centurion saw incredible love, love for God who had failed to remove this cup of suffering from him and love for his neighbours," he said.
"Everywhere people were shouting 'no' to Jesus, but the centurion heard from Jesus only 'yes' to the Father, 'yes' to neighbours, 'yes' to mission," he said.
"In this horrible cross of hatred and violence, the centurion found love, unwavering love, a love that refused to die, a love that is as strong as steel against evil, yet tender before the beloved," he said.
"Betrayal, inhumanity and viciousness continue up to our time in the many crucifixions of the poor and of creation," he said. "We cannot help but wonder why friends, leaders and God are unresponsive."
"I wish that Eucharistic adoration would lead us to know Jesus more as the compassionate companion of many crucified peoples of today," he said. "Let us spend time with the multitudes of innocent victims of our time."
"We might be able to touch Jesus who knows their tears and pains for he has made them his own and has changed them into hope and love," he said. "Watching over our suffering neighbours, we could be changed like the centurion into discerners of truth and heralds of faith."
If we bear other people's crosses in love, he said, they might see the face of the innocent Son of God in us, he said.
"Beholding Jesus, we receive and are transformed by the mystery we adore," he said. "Eucharistic adoration is similar to standing at the foot of the cross of Jesus."
Tagle explained the theological significance of Jesus' sacrifice, how it combined self-offering and obedience. His worship also included "solidarity with feeble sinners," he said.
"His embrace of the trials and sufferings of human beings has made him a brother who can now truly intercede for them before the Father's mercy instead of judging them harshly," he said. The faithful must follow Jesus to become living sacrifices themselves.
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