He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he did not open his mouth.
( Isaiah 53,7 )
It’s the paschal path winding, in its final part, through the painful and dramatic stages of Christ’s Passion and cross to end in the explosion of joy of the Easter after the silence of the Holy Saturday.
It’s like a purifying light breaking widely into the conscience of every Christian who let himself be overcome by the emotion of so deep a love from God’s son who goes as far as giving all himself for us.
This impressing darkness falling upon the world the very moment of Jesus’ death it’s but a symbol of another eclipse, a total one, overhanging the conscience of God’s son who has become a man and is experiencing within himself, owing to a free choice of extreme love, the meaning of the complete loss of his Father.
Meditating on the different stages of Christ’s Passion has a great power on our soul. It is proved by the peace we feel, by the affections that it provokes, by the strength invading us, by the New Hope is given us.