Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas
God the Father Delivered Christ to His Passion
God spared not even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.–Rom. viii. 32.
Christ suffered willingly, moved by obedience to His Father. Wherefore, God the Father delivered Christ to His Passion, and this in three ways:
1. Because the Father, of His eternal will, preordained the Passion of Christ as the means whereby to free the human race. So it is said in Isaias, The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isa. liii. 6), and again, The Lord was pleased to bruise Him in infirmity (ibid. liii. 10). Continue reading