S. Luke 23
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
O. The sun was darkened – and the veil was torn – and the centurion believed.
A. What an enormous event – the signs of the sun darkening, and the veil being torn opened up the possibility for the Centurion – and all the world to be reconciled to God. It was a the dawning of a new age – the age of grace. The veil in the temple represented a barrier that could not be crossed by regular people. Only those of the highest order of the priesthood could enter the most holy of hollies and be in the presence of God. But now – Jesus had torn down the barrier – bridged the gap – and made intersession for us so that we now have full access to the Father’s love, grace, and mercy. We no longer need a human intercessor – but now we have The very Spirit of the Lord within to guide, correct, lead, and convict. This is the heart of Christianity, and our faith – the work that was done on that day on the cross of Calvary means we can be forgiven and counted as heirs with Christ, heirs of all the Fathers resources and graces.
P. Father I thank you for the work of attonement that was done through Christ on the cross for my sins, and not only mine, but all the worlds. Help me to share the knowledge of this work, and the need for this gift to be accepted by those who have not heard or known, to those who need you today, make me a tool of your hand, and a witness of the faith.
Y. Father I yield my own ego – I turn over my fear. Grant me an opportunity to serve you each and every day – and the strength and courage to take it.