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Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." And bowing his head, he
handed over the spirit.
Good Friday, the end to the crucifixion and last day of Jesus˅ ministry on earth!
I˅ve struggled, prayed, felt inadequate, and examined my life crosses to offer a
reflection for this day of great love.
How does one choose a piece from Christ˅s Passion? The crucifixion, death,
burial and the empty tomb of Jesus are extreme and powerful, woven into the
walk to Calvary are forgiveness, a mother˅s sorrow, and abandonment, a nego-
tiation for paradise, thirst, pain, humiliation, and acceptance.
When the Good News is proclaimed today it˅s clear to see what Jesus did for us.
What struck me as I read the Passion narrative from John˅s Gospel are the
words, ˈIt is finished.ˉ It was a transforming moment, perhaps a personal re-
newal to just how powerful these dying words of Jesus were to share in his life as
a disciple.
It is finished. What is finished? The life works of
Christ? Jesus˅ work is finished, but not over. He is
reminding us that our intimacy with each other is
rooted in our intimacy with God. He is asking in
more general terms to be selfless in the way we
love. He took the place of a servant, He taught us
when he washed his disciple˅s feet, to pick up the
towel and serve.