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June 11 The Gospel breski1 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 19,31-37. Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the …More
June 11 The Gospel breski1

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 19,31-37.
Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may (come to) believe.
For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled: "Not a bone of it will be broken."
And again another passage says: "They will look upon him whom they have pierced."

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Saint Bernard (1091-1153)

Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Homilies on the Song of Songs, no. 61, 3-5

“With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation” (Isa 12:3)
So where can our fragility find rest and security if not in the Savior’s wounds? (…) They pierced his hands, his feet, and his side with a thrust of a lance. Through these gaping holes, I can taste the honey from the rock (Ps 81:17) and the oil that flows from the very hard rock, which is to say, “Taste and see how good the Lord is.” (Ps 34:9) He had plans of peace (cf. Jer 29:11), and I did not know it. “For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’” (Rom 11:34) The nail that enters his flesh has become for me a key that opens to me the mystery of his plans. How could we not see through these openings? The nails and the wounds cry out that truly, in the person of Christ, God reconciles the world to himself. Iron pierced his being and touched his heart so that he is no longer ignorant of how to suffer my weaknesses. The secret of his heart is laid bare in the wounds of his body; we see revealed the great mystery of his kindness, the merciful tenderness of our God, “the Dayspring who visited us from on high.” (Lk 1:78) And how could this tenderness not be manifested in his wounds? How could you show more clearly than by your wounds that you, Lord, are gentle and compassionate and very merciful, since there is no greater love than to give one’s life (Jn 15:13) for those who are condemned to death? So all my merit is the Lord’s mercy, and I shall not be lacking in merit so long as mercy is not lacking in him. If God’s mercies multiply, my merits will be many. But what will happen if I have to reproach myself with many faults? “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” (Rom 5:20) And if “the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting,” I for my part “will sing forever the favors of the Lord.” (Ps 103:17; 89:2) Is that my righteousness? Lord, I shall remember your righteousness alone, for it is my righteousness, since you became righteousness of God for me (Rom 1:17).