Friday, April 3, 2015

04-03-2015 -- Good Friday, Year B

April 03, 2015 - Good Friday, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church




Jesus, God’s only Son, is executed for claiming to be who he is.  His crucifixion is public. It is the most shameful way to be executed.  Jesus dies alone on the cross. It is complete humiliation.


In order for this to happen, Jesus must resign himself to the will of God.  

We are not fond of resignation. We are not accustomed to surrender. We are taught from an early age that winning is everything.


However, standing at the foot of the cross is not a win.  It is a surrender to the will of God. The cup did not pass over as Jesus had prayed it would.  


Jesus had to surrender his own will and accept the cross. Jesus had to accept the will of God.


On Good Friday, we are invited to reflect on the cross, to resign ourselves to the will of God for us, to accept the life that God desires for us with grace, dignity and gratitude.


On Good Friday, we stand at the foot of the cross, to venerate the cross, to accept the cross, to embrace the cross, to kiss the wood of the cross.


We are faced with this striking image of God who suffers and dies for the sins of the people, for our sins; our God hanging on the cross for us.


Each of us carries a cross.  Some of us carry our crosses in secret and some carry crosses for everyone to see.

Heartache, feeling under appreciated, being bullied, financial woes, cancer or some other illness, loneliness, depression, addiction, loss of a love one.


But on Good Friday, we are reminded that no matter how life treats us or where it takes us, we know that we are not alone.


No matter how many times we feel horror at the evil that surrounds us, we know that Jesus felt that too.


No matter how tough life gets or how close death comes, no matter how heavy the cross, we know that we are not forgotten, we are not abandoned.

God is no stranger to weakness, to pain, to shame, to loneliness. God’s only Son died alone nailed to a cross.


No matter how cruelly we are treated, God has experienced this too.  


As we approach the wood of the cross in the ancient tradition to venerate it, we think about the crosses that we carry.  


As we kiss the wood of the cross, we join our cross to Jesus’ cross. 

We let them mingle, our crosses and the Lord’s.


We share our pain and our suffering, our grief and our agony with the Lord. And he takes upon himself our suffering, he takes up our crosses.

We venerate the cross today so that tomorrow, in the darkness of the night, our most Holy Night, we will see the Light shining in the darkness, Christ our Light, overcoming the cross and bringing new life.

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