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La Pasión de Cristo por ti: Un Retiro Virtual

Bienvenido al mini-retiro: «La Pasión de Cristo por Ti»

¿Cuáles de las siguientes frases son verdaderas?

  • Me he estado preguntando si Dios verdaderamente se preocupa por mí.
  • Estoy preocupado por algo pero parece que a Dios no le importa tanto como a mí.
  • Me he sentido defraudada por Dios.
  • Dios no está contestando mis plegarias.
  • He perdido a alguien y estoy sufriendo la pérdida.
  • He estado buscando una respuesta de Dios sobre una decisión importante pero él ha estado en silencio o no ha sido claro.
  • No soy digno del amor de Dios.
  • Soy un pecador. No merezco la ayuda de Dios.

Este retiro puede proveer la sanación para estos sufrimientos. Tómate tiempo para meditar y reflexionar sobre cada segmento. Utiliza las fotografías para ayudarte a imaginar como fueron para él los sufrimientos que Cristo experimentó. Mientras haces esto, recuerda que él lo hizo por ti. Tanto así le importas tú a él.

Comencemos.

Cristo Jesús, siendo de condición divina,
no consideró codiciable
el ser igual a Dios.
Al contrario, se despojó de su grandeza,
tomó la condición de esclavo
y se hizo semejante a los hombres.
Y en su condición de hombre,
se humilló a sí mismo
haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte,
y una muerte de cruz.
(Filipenses 2:6-8)

The Face of Christ

Estás a punto de entrar en la intemporalidad de lo que Cristo hizo por ti, ya que lo que Cristo experimentó durante la primera Semana Santa son también ahora los momentos en tu vida.

Empieza por hacer un examen de conciencia. Puedes usar nuestro Examen de Conciencia Basado en los 10 Mandamientos (este nlace se abrirá en una nueva ventana para que no pierdas tu lugar aquí).

En este Retiro Virtual, Jesús te va a revelar su misericordia. Si ya recibiste el perdón y la absolución de tus pecados y estos ya no te controlan más, este retiro continuará con el proceso de crecer íntimamente con Cristo.

Si hay pecados que todavía te tienen sujeto, te recomendamos que completes la sanación que empieza con este retiro, llamando a la oficina parroquial para una cita con el sacerdote para recibir el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. ¡El poder de este Sacramento te va a liberar para que goces de una nueva vida en la gloria de la resurrección de Cristo! Porque…

Eran nuestros sufrimientos los que soportaba,
nuestros dolores los que cargó…,
Fué traspazado por nuestras ofensas, golpeado por nuestros pecados
Sobre Él recayó el castigo que nos trae la paz
por Sus heridas fuimos sanados.
Andábamos errantes como ovejas
cada uno por su camino;
y el Señor cargó sobre él todas nuestras culpas.
(Isaías 53, 3-6)

En una meditación dada al Papa Juan Pablo II, el 15 de marzo de 2002, el Padre Capuchino Raniero Cantalamessa, predicador de la casa pontificia, describió lo que sucedió en el jardín del Getsemaní, a lo que él llama la negra noche del alma de Jesús: “La angustia de Jesús no era causada simplemente por prever los tormentos que se venían; Jesús tomó sobre sí los pecados del mundo. En ese momento, el hecho de que Él no hubiera cometido los pecados no hacía diferencia; eran Suyos porque Él libremente los asumió: ‘Él llevó nuestros pecados en Su cuerpo.’“

Encontrémonos con Él mientras desciende del Monte de los Olivos hacia Jerusalén, sabiendo que daba los últimos pasos de Su vida y penetrando en la noche oscura de Su alma. Las fotografías que van a ver fueron tomadas en Tierra Santa (ver el Virtual Pilgrimage y fotos de Terry Modica de Good News Ministries). La historia es parafraseada de Mateo 26:14–27:66, La lectura del Evangelio para el Domingo de la Pasión. Cada vez que llegues al ícono de la cruz, dale clic. Para aumentar las fotos de tamaño, dale clic sobre ellas.

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Luego de compartir Su última cena con Sus amigos más cercanos, Jesús los llevó a la cima del Monte de los Olivos. Desde allí, vió todo el Valle de Cedrón hacia la pared de Jerusalén.

Podía ver el Templo (que quedó de pie a la derecha del dorado Domo Musulmán de la Roca de Mahoma).

Viewing Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

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Podía ver la vieja ciudad de Jerusalén y vio hacia el futuro y comenzó a llorar.

Se lamentó: «Sí tú, tan sólo tú, hubieras comprendido el mensaje que te traería la paz — pero ahora está escondido a tus ojos. Vendrán días en que tus enemigos te cercarán con empalizadas y te atacarán de cada costado… porque no reconociste el tiempo de Dios viniendo hacia tí.» (Lucas 19, 41-44)

¿Falta la paz en tu vida? Recuerda: «Jesús llora por mí también. Necesito reconocer las diferentes formas en que Jesús ha estado viniendo a ayudarme, a consolarme, a cuidarme. ¡Señor, perdóname por no darme cuenta! ¡Ayúdame a mantener mis ojos en Ti!»

Jerusalem viewed from the window of the Church of Dominus Flevit (where Jesus Wept)

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Luego Jesús descendió la montaña, acercándose a Jerusalén a cada paso.

The road down the Mount of Olives

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Se detuvo en un lugar llamado Getsemaní y dijo a Sus discípulos

He stopped at a place called Gethsemane and said to His disciples, «Sit here while I go over there and pray.»

He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and soon He began to feel great sorrow and distress. He said to them, «My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.»

He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer. He who had never sinned took upon Himself your sins (pause now to name the ones that trouble you most) and the sins of the whole world. He who was pure and perfectly holy became vile with the ugliness of all that is unholy.

Tortured by these sins, He cried out in agony. «My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me!»

«But — not my will be done, Father. YOUR will.»

The Garden of Gethsemane

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Jesus experienced the dark night of the soul, and in giving His human ‘yes’ to your needs in the midst of this darkness, His humanity redeemed you.

I see it all!
Oh, Father! I see it all!

As I kneel upon this rock
in the Garden of my Prayers
the hardness of my tortures
lies just ahead of Me.

I see the blows from angry fists
come crashing, smashing
from the fears of hurting men.

Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane with great angst

They wound Me with their jealousies.
They wound Me with their lusts.
They wound Me with their prejudice.
They wound Me with their abuses against each other.

I see it all!
Oh, Father! I see it all!

I see the thorns of every person’s pride
come piercing, fiercely stabbing
deep into My head and heart.

They wound Me with their desire to control.
They wound Me with their thoughts of hate.
They wound Me with their scramble for success.
They wound Me with their tossing aside of servanthood.

I see it all!
Oh, Father! I see it all!

I see the lashing whip of mankind’s ugly lip
whipping Me, stripping Me
of My humanity.

They wound Me using words that tear Me down.
They wound Me using words that tear the Truth.
They wound Me using words that spread unkindness.
They wound Me using words that spread gossip and hopelessness.

I see it all!
Oh, Father! I see it all!

What they will do to each other
they will do unto Me,
and I will feel it in My face,
and I will feel it in My head and heart,
and I will feel it in My holy flesh,
and I will feel it in My shoulder when I carry the cross,
and I will feel it in My knees when I fall upon the ground,
and I will feel it in the nails.

I see it all!
Oh, Father! I see it all!

Thy will be done, My Father,
because I love them
through it all.

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After praying this three times, Jesus returned to His disciples and said, «Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, it’s time to go. Look, my betrayer is at hand.»

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While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd that wielded swords and clubs. They had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people. His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, «The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.» Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, «Hail, Rabbi!» and he kissed Him.

Jesus replied, «Friend, do what you have come for.»

Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested Him.

Judas betrayed Jesus. Who has betrayed you?

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«Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and He will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels? But then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled which say that it must come to pass in this way?»

Jesus stopped the violence during his arrest

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Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. Peter followed at a distance.

One of the maids came over to him and said, «You too were with Jesus.» But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, «I don’t know what you’re talking about!» Three times he denied knowing Jesus.

Peters denied knowing Jesus. Do you ever do that?

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Then Peter remembered what Jesus had told him: «Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.» He went out and began to weep bitterly.

Like Peter, I have hurt Jesus by denying Him: Name a time when you felt embarrassed about your faith or were too afraid to talk about it. This, too, adds to the wounds on His sacred body and the weight of His terrible cross.

The rooster's crow convicted Peter of his sin

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When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. They bound him, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate, the governor.

Pilate said to the people, «What shall I do with Jesus called Christ?» They all shouted, «Crucify him!»

Pilate consented and ordered Jesus to be scourged.

Jesus was condemned. I, too, have been falsely accused.

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Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and stripped off His clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about Him. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on His head. Kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, «Hail, King of the Jews!» They spat upon Him and kept striking Him on the head. And when they were done, they stripped off the cloak, dressed Him in his own clothes, and led Him off to crucify Him.

Jesus, bound and scouraged, endured the mockery

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FOR YOU, I CARRY THE CROSS

I know the hurts you carry, My beloved;
Come, let Me carry them for you.

Oh, how heavy is the cross I bear
upon the road to Calvary;
My flesh is torn from the scourging
and I am weakened by the beating

— that I took for you.

I know the hurts you carry, My beloved;
Come, let Me carry them for you.

I struggle to see the road ahead of Me
but My Blood drips from the crown of thorns
into My eyes, and I cannot wipe them
for I am bound up by the load

— that I took from you.

I know the hurts you carry, My beloved;
Come, let Me carry them for you.

The crossbeam grinds into My wounded shoulder
and I feel the pain in all the tears of My flesh;
so it is difficult to remain aware that you are here,
but I remember, I remember that I carry the load

— that I took from you.

I know the hurts you carry, My beloved;
Come, let Me carry them for you.

The biggest pain that I feel,
the pain that pierces deep into My heart,
is the realization that I have done all this for you,
and still, you insist on carrying the load

— that I took from you.

I know the hurts you carry, My beloved;
Come, let Me carry them for you.

Please, let Me carry them for you.

Yes, let Me carry them for you.

FOR YOU, I CARRY THE CROSS

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After they had crucified Him, they divided His garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over Him there. And they placed over his head the written charge against Him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.

From noon onward, darkness covered the whole land until three in the afternoon.

And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, «Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?» which means, «My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?»

Father, where have you gone?

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Then Jesus cried out again in a loud voice and gave up His spirit.

Oh my Jesus! You did this for me!

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And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Lightning flashed, thunder boomed

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There were many women there. They had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him. Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. And so were you there, in the timelessness of your love for Jesus.

Jesus! I am with you. I grieve for you.

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When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, a disciple of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.

Joseph of Arimathea gave Jesus his tomb

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What do you need to put into the tomb with Jesus? In the dark stillness of the tomb, leave it there, wrap it around Jesus like a burial cloth, let go of it, walk out, and secure the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting a guard.

Bury with Jesus all that he died to free you from

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«I died for you,» He said.

«Yes Lord,» I replied, raising my head in pride.
«I know.»

«But do you know what that means?» He said.
«Do you know what that means for your life?»

I thought of His death on the cross,
and I knew I needed His sacrifice.
I thought of His pain on the cross,
and I knew I needed His healing.
I thought of His sorrow and passion,
and I knew I needed His joy.

«I died for you,» He said.

«Yes Lord,» I replied, hanging my head in shame.

And He said,
«Do you know — really know — what that means?»

«I guess not,» I replied.

«Come let me show you,» He said.
And terror struck my heart.

Could I bear to behold the scene He would show?
Could I bear to see Him pierced in pain?
Could I bear to understand what He did for me?

«But I want to know,» I replied.

And then I saw His forehead
and the crown
and the thorn.

One thorn He showed me,
one thorn wounding His flesh,
and from it flowed
one drop of blood.

«Just one drop of blood?» I asked,
raising my head in disappointment.
«Is that all You shed for me?» I asked,
angry that I wasn’t worth more.

And He said:
«One drop of My Blood
holds all the power of sacrifice.
One drop of My Blood
holds all the power to heal.
One drop of My Blood
holds all the power to give you joy.»

«But Lord,» I replied,
«I want more than one drop.
There is so much more that You are,
and I want everything!»

«Yes,» He said. «I died for you.
«By My stripes, you are healed.
It was your infirmities that I bore,
your sufferings that I endured….
I was pierced for your offenses,
crushed for your sins,
upon Me was the chastisement
that makes you whole.»

I died for you. You are healed!

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You will draw water joyfully
from the springs of salvation!

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation

You will draw
water joyfully
from the springs of salvation!

Give thanks to the
LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

You will draw water
joyfully
from the springs of salvation!

Sing praise to the
LORD
for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!

You will draw water
joyfully
from the springs of salvation!

Responsorial Psalm V
Isaiah 12:2-6
from Easter Vigil Mass

The Multi-Media Meditation, «Father, Where Have You Gone?» used in this Virtual Retreat can be ordered in full-screen size for computer and projector, from Catholic Digital Resources.

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