Posted by: livingscripture | April 14, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY

 

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

April 14, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him.  He was spurned and avoided by people, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom people hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.                                (Isaiah 52: 13-ss.)

How shall I live this Word?

On this day in which the Eucharist is not celebrated, the Liturgy is invaded by the Word of God.  First there is the Passion according to John.  Then the prophecy of Isaiah reaches us through the “Song of the Suffering Servant”.  In the great silence of a world that has become bereft of hope because of the death of Christ, the Church marvelously directs our gaze to the immolated Lamb, the One who climbed the Mount of Calvary with great fatigue and suffering and once there, accomplished His sacrifice of love for all of us.

He the Lord of history, lies in the tomb, wrapped in the Shroud that will show along the centuries, the picture of a radiant face that is both austere and majestic, silent and eloquent.  This is why we invoke Him, “Lord, let Your face shine upon us!”

 

The voice of the Hymn

We pray You, Man of the Cross

Son and Brother, we hope in You.

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