Posted by: livingscripture | April 22, 2011

GOOD FRIDAY

From the Word of the Day 

Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

            Hebrews 4: 16                                                                  

How should we live this Word

 

As we rememberJesus’ death, this day of our salvation, St. John Fisher offers us his reflections. Jesus Christis our pontiff; His precious Body is our sacrifice on the altar of the Cross, which He immolated for the salvation of all people.  He first immolated this sacrifice here on earth when He underwent a very bitter death, and then when He was clothed in the new garb of immortality and entered into the sanctuary with His own Blood, that is, into Heaven.  There He presented before His Father’s throne that Blood of immense value which He had profusely poured out for all of us who were sin’s slaves.  This sacrifice is so pleasing and acceptable to God that He cannot but have pity on us once He has seen it, and give His mercy to all those who are truly repentant. Jesus’ sacrifice is an eternal sacrifice.  It opens the possibility of life with God forever.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain close to Jesus who suffered so much for me.  I will recall in my mind and heart the numerous times in my life when I have experienced His mercy.                                                                                                      

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the immense gift of salvation.  I commit myself to accept the cross I encounter on my way and to be merciful to all those who are my companions on the journey. 

The voice of Heinrich Schlier, Theologian 

The love of the Crucified which supports all and everyone and is God’s love for us concluded the covenant to which we can and must remain faithful.  Now, if we accept the forgiveness of this love, we can become free from and toward ourselves once again and serve God and our neighbour.

                     

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