Jesus commitment to nonviolence highlighted at St Peters celebration
Jesus'commitment to nonviolence was highlighted on Good Friday during the celebration of the passion at St Peters' in front of the Pope.
"In the Old Testament, God tolerates violence like he tolerates divorce and polygamy, but Jesus states a peremptory and definitive no to violence and goes non-violence with his forgiveness" said Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Ponfifical House.
The rite was officiated by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, deacon of the college of cardinals, and the homily was given by the Capuchin, Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
The theme of the reflection was the paradox of the passion of Christ, which, he said, "has a special message for the times in which we are living, and the message is 'no to violence'.
"Jesus did not open his mouth, he did not threaten vendetta, but asked that his murderers be forgiven" said the Capuchin.
"The problem of violence", said the priest, "pains us, today not only in wars but it has also invaded fields that should be the remedy to violence, such as sport and family life."
"Jesus's response is very clear. Despised and rejected by men, the man of sorrows, became one in front of whom one covered one's face. He was speared for our sins, crushed for our iniquities."
According to the Capuchin, "the most surprising thing is not that the Servant is like a meek lamb and does not ask for justice, but that the justice of God will be not the castigation but the salvation of those who killed him."
"The genuine thought of God is expressed in the commandment not to kill more than in the exceptions made for the hardness of their hearts."