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Good Friday
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
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The call to discipleship is to belong to the person of Jesus. To listen, to see,
and to experience the fullness of life. The days of miracles, the sharing the
meals, the abundant forgiveness; all this is a revelation of God’s living
presence in each day. M. Scott Peck began his best seller The Road Less
Traveled with “Life is difficult”. This proved to be a meaningful invitation.
We do know that the beauty and value of living is measured not by what
we get but what we give. Sacred moments are realized in the generosity of
sacrifice, in forgiveness and the embrace of acceptance when I thought I
was lost.
To belong to this day ‘Good Friday’ is to walk the journey with Je-
sus. The physical sufferings were brutal yet greater still the moral
loneliness. The crisis of betrayal, the aloneness, the deep wound
of isolation, the abandonment; misunderstood and judged. For-
gotten now all the good, the caring and sacrifice of the years. In-
gratitude is a sword that pierces the heart deeply. Jesus on the
cross, mocked, between two thieves and all three judged as crimi-
nals. Who stands with me in the end? Only the few, the very few,
the faithful. In this passage of grace our suffering takes on a new
meaning and is a source of new life to others.
The prayer is to belong fully to the moment. As Jesus became one
with suffering and dying so it is for us in discipleship. To give and
not demand recompense, to forgive the undeserving, to bless the
ungrateful. Thus do we call it “Good Friday.”