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Jesus and the Funeral Procession

May 11, 2012

The last reigning empress of the Habsburg royalty, which went all the way back to the Roman Empire, was Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma. When Zita died, 8,000 mourners, all dressed in black, fell in line behind the funeral carriage. Six black horses drew the carriage. The procession ended at the Capuchin Church. Zita was to be entombed there.

In keeping with tradition, a member of the funeral party knocked on the door and a priest asked, “Who goes there?”

The titles were read aloud: “Queen of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia. Queen of Jerusalem. Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Cracow…”

“I do not know her,” said the priest.

A second knock and “Who goes there?” brought the response, “Zita, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.” Again the reply, “I do not know her.”

When the inevitable question was put a third time, the answer was simply, “Zita, a sinning mortal.”

“Come in,” said the priest, opening wide the door not for royalty, but for a faithful member of the Church, whose life had finally reached its end.

When we come to God, who is a perfect and infinite being, we cannot come to him claiming worthiness to be in his presence. We have no righteousness of our own for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We can only come to God with an imputed righteousness granted to us by faith in Jesus the Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is only one way to heaven and that way is through Jesus.

Have you placed your faith in Jesus?

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