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That God the Father Delivered Christ to the Passion

Taken from Medulla S. Thomae Aquinatis which arranges various short texts from St. Thomas Aquinas' corpus based on the liturgical year. I will be posting the day's meditation each day and will be bringing it into print once I'm through it.

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Second Sunday of Lent

That God the Father Delivered Christ to the Passion

God hath not spared His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. (Rom. 8:32)

Christ suffered voluntarily out of obedience to the Father. Hence in three respects God the Father did deliver up Christ to the Passion:

1. According to His eternal will He preordained Christ’s Passion for the deliverance of the human race, according to the words of Isaias (53:6): The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquities of us all; and again (Isa 53:10): The Lord was pleased to bruise Him in infirmity.

2. Inasmuch as by th