Posted by: livingscripture | April 3, 2015

GOOD FRIDAY

From the Word of the Day

 “It is finished, and bowing His head he handed over the spirit.” (John 18: 30)   

                                                                                                           

 How should we live this Wordcrucified Jesus

 The Cross reminds us that Jesus took on Himself all of human suffering and redeemed it for love.  On the Cross, God gave everything, without holding back and without conditions, almost surrendering to all human malice in order to overcome it and conquer it.  Jesus loves life and does not seek death, but accepts it as the consequence of His great love for the Father and for humanity.  Paul VI writes, “A love that calls for love…Love each other as I have loved you”.

We too are invited to follow Jesus, to lift our gaze to Him, to express our faith in Him, our Savior and Redeemer.  In Jesus crucified, dead, and risen we find the answer to our suffering and our death that opens to the resurrection.  As human beings and as Christians, we go through Good Friday, but only to arrive at the joy of Easter Sunday.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder my Crucified Jesus, the ultimate sign of His love for me, thanking Him and adoring Him with all my heart.

Lord, never allow me to be indifferent before Your Cross and that of so many people.  Help me find Your merciful love and show it in my daily life.  Let my suffering always be lived in love.

The Voice of the Youth Catechism

Above all, the Cross was seen as the supreme manifestation of the Father’s love and of Jesus’ gift.  It is a gesture that makes us palpably touch the inexhaustible love of God for us. Reading the accounts of the passion, the first Christians felt awe, almost incredulity.  God has loved us to this point!

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