Good Friday – Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Jesus went out . . . to where there was a garden
Growing up, our parents’ expected that we would spend noon to three o’clock on Good Friday in our room or some quiet place. As we got older, we would walk to our parish church for services. This was a sacred time. We were expected to be still, to be sad, and to remember what happened thousands of years ago on that day. The least we could do as good Catholics was to honor that three-hour block of time.
Today, each of us will attend Good Friday services likely pray the Stations of the Cross. We will hear and pray many important words and prayers. Let us add to that some time just being quiet, contemplating the events of that day.
Let me suggest reflecting on some images from a Lenten meditation by Saint Eymard, which he titled: the “sacrifices of love”: the desertions of Gethsemane, the betrayal of his friends, the denials before Annas, the sacrilegious fury before Caiaphas, the scorn of Herod, the cowardice of Pilate, then the shame of (the cross)” (March 3, 1865).
Let us then pray in a spirit of solidarity with those we know or know of who have been falsely accused, or betrayed by friends, or denied access to basic human rights, tortured or harassed, been the victim(s) of injustice, persecution, or war, or suffering in any way. Who themselves are experiencing – like Jesus did – their own passion and death?
For concrete actions, recall Patrick Riley’s reflection this past Ash Wednesday: go forth from the celebration of the Mass and your own prayer to “concretize the love (of Jesus’ sacrifices) by acts of KINDNESS” wherever or however we can.
Lord Jesus, may we go forward from our Lenten practices more committed to see you more clearly, to love you more dearly, and to follow you more nearly, day by day . . . by day . . . by day.
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