April 10, 2020

Good Friday, Passion of the Lord

The Good Friday liturgy commemorates the passion and death of Jesus: Jesus, Son of Man and the Son of God; Jesus, incarnated by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary; Jesus who willingly carried his cross for our redemption; Jesus, who suffered and died in his humanity for us. Father Eymard writes in his reflection on the Twelfth Station of the Cross: Jesus dies in order to redeem us. His last mercy is the forgiveness he grants to his executioners; his last gift is his holy Mother; his last desire is the thirst for suffering; his last act is the abandonment of his soul and his life into the hands of his Father.” (Eucharistic Retreats: Eymard Library, Vol. 3, p.334).

Christ became one with us to live and experience our humanity in its fullness. He knows our human condition, the temptations, frustrations, disappointments, and the pain, loneliness, and abandonment we experience in our losses. He knows we need his healing touch. He knows us intimately, loves us unconditionally, and goes to his death at each Eucharist to free us from the tyranny of our imperfections and sins. Today we remember with gratitude the gift of Christ’s love from the cross. …Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. (Isaiah 53:4)

Father Eymard also wrote: …In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus continues to love with the love he showed to me at his death”.  …He offers me the graces for my redemption, the price of my salvation. But in order that I may share therein, he wishes me to die with him and for him (p. 334). Jesus invites us to share in his cross. As you venerate the cross during the liturgy today, unite yourselves with the heart of our crucified Jesus in his suffering and death.

Let Us Pray:

Lamb of God, you take away my sin. Have mercy on me and grant me the peace and joy of your love.  You are my light and my salvation. One thing I ask of you—to abide in you all the days of my life that I may gaze on your loveliness and contemplate your presence. I believe that I shall see your bounty in this land of the living. I wait for your coming, the cross my courage, my hope, and my healing. Amen. (Adapted from Psalm 27)


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About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.