Seller: aliav13 (525) 100%, Location: Tel Aviv, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 254370084071 Unique lot of 50 pcs metal Christian medallions One face :''IUBILAEUM A.D. 2000" 'Christos heri hodie samper" The other face shows the images of: old Jerusalem, Bethlehem,Nazareth All in good condition however many with patina Please see pictures for details. Each 1.7" Each weight: About 50 Gram Price is for all 50 pcs The Cross of the Lord: Tree of Eternal Life by Father Giuseppe Piva, Disciple and Apostle of the Holy Spirit April 2000 The key word of the Jubilee we are celebrating and which we find written in the symbol-logo,"Christus Heri Hodie Semper" , is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews to chap. 13.8 which, in full and more precisely, proclaims: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" . He who two thousand years ago became incarnate, suffered, died and saved by winning the devil, sin and death does not change, it is always the same, that is, the only Savior of the world that by his Father's will, over the centuries, he continues his work of salvation for the benefit of every creature, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The unmistakable, solemn and at the same time simple sign of the Savior is, as the Holy Fathers saw in the Scriptures, "the sign of the Son of Man"(Mt 24,30) that is, his Holy Cross , true trophy of salvation for every man who looks at it with humble and sincere faith; Cross that is power and wisdom of God for anyone who entrusts it, scandal instead for those who do not accept and recognize in it the supreme revelation of the truth and love of God for humanity. In fact, God loved saving the world with the foolishness, the ignominy of the cross thus confusing the wisdom of the world which, closed in its alleged self-sufficiency, was unable to recognize its Creator and Lord come in meekness and humility, crucifying him to the most infamous scaffold of time (see 1 Corinthians 1:18 - 2:10). In truth each of us has contributed in a certainly mysterious but real way, to the crucifixion of Jesus with his personal sins, as well as with what the tradition of the Church commonly identifies and calls guilt or original sin that is "proper to each" and that it is transmitted with human nature "by propagation". Precisely for this reason, the merciful God, in his Father's love, gave "his Only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not die but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). God did not spare his only Son, but he gave it to us all(see Romans 8:32), that is, for each man - since everyone has sinned - because we regain access to full communion with him our munificent Creator and Benefactor, and so we could walk in newness of life, regenerated, transformed and illuminated by the splendor of its radiant light. This Work of our redemption Jesus accomplished it when he was raised from the ground as He himself affirms: "When I am lifted up from the earth I will draw everything to myself" (see Jn 12: 32), for which time, history, world and its inhabitants from that moment converge, in spite of all the appearances contrary, towards his Cross, with which He has vertiginously lowered and annihilated before the Father and men to become Victim, Priest and Altar, propitiatory of salvation for all, especially for the humble, the miserable and the sinners."This life that I live in the flesh, I live it in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Phil 2:21); since voluntarily and freely for my love, He has delivered himself into the hands of sinners so that we could live only for Him, in the freedom of faith and charity. The outstanding grace of the paschal mystery of the crucified and risen Christ casts a new light on pain , on human suffering whatever it may be: it is the light of hope and salvation which, nourished by the fire of divine love, flows from the Sacred Heart of Christ to heal the innumerable wounds and wounds of man, be they of the body or of the spirit. Who then follows the Christ who is the Way, the Door of access to real life, must be deeply aware and confident of this consoling reality, trying to collaborate with zeal to the Work of salvation, offering with faith and patient love their sufferings to Jesus, who brings the suffering and the sin of the world, so that united to his paschal mystery, can become ways of redemption, of life, of salvation as well as for themselves, for all humanity, especially that humanity that does not know the Gospel of God, that humanity that offends its Love and his Holiness. We can then say that recovering the thickness, the authentic meaning of the cross of Christ means recovering, rediscovering the true and authentic sense of God and of his merciful and sanctifying lordship in our life. At the same time we are called to be and to become "good Samaritans" in the likeness of Christ, with our active solidarity with the many situations of suffering and injustice of so many of our brothers and sisters beginning with those around us; in fact, they are a cry that finds a profound echo in the Heart of Christ crucified. From the top of the cross he continues to cry out: "I am thirsty" (Jn 19:28),thirst for your love, for your faith: I thirst for souls!"AVE, O CROSS, ONLY HOPE!" Thus is a hymn of the liturgy; we do not let the cross become or become only a vague symbol, an empty word, a "ornament", but let us give it all the thickness of meaning and content that it really carries within itself. It reminds us of the multiple and fundamental aspects of faith and genuinely evangelical living , of which we recall some of them: - the gravity of the offense which sin brings to God's holiness and to the dignity of man, created in His image and likeness; - the radicality, the resoluteness and the persevering fidelity required by the following of the Lord; - the precariousness and brevity of our earthly life, inasmuch as the cross presents itself as the "door of passage" necessary for immortal life; - the cross teaches to mortify bad inclinations and to live the noblest Christian virtues as a school and gym of them. In this regard, it is sufficient to read and meditate carefully the passages that refer to the passion and death of the Lord and, in particular, the words he pronounced on the cross to obtain copious spiritual fruits of conversion and renewal of life; - Above all - as we said above - the cross is indelible testimony of God's boundless merciful love for every man that must be the true light and consoling certainty, a sure guide in our earthly pilgrimage to the Father's house. At the end of his Letter to the Galatians, with clear and firm tones, the Apostle of the Gentiles writes: "As for me, however, there is no other boast than in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is for me been crucified, as I am to the world "(Gal 6:14). May these inspired words become a lived experience of grace for each one of us, accepting and thus witnessing with generous docility, the Love of Truth and the Truth of Love that God has revealed in his Only Son, Jesus of Nazareth, and that the Spirit Saint continually updates and perfects in the Church, in souls and in the whole world.