(Good Friday: Fasting/Abstinence)

Scripture Reading: John 19:29-30

On this sacred Good Friday, we gather at the foot of the Cross to listen to our dearly dying Jesus as He proclaimed IT IS FINISHED. On Good Friday, Christians all over the world observe the holiday commemorating the Passion, Crucifixion, and Death of Jesus, the Christ. John recalls the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb in Exodus 12 in this passage. Hyssop is a small plant that was used to sprinkle the blood of the Passover Lamb on the doorposts of the Hebrews (Exodus 12:22). John’s Gospel related that it was the day of preparation, the day before the actual Sabbath Passover (Pesach in Hebrew, H Pascha in Greek and Latin), that Jesus was sentenced to death (Jn.19:14) and sacrificed on the Cross (Jn. 19:31). John continues in Jn.19:33-34: “But when they came to Jesus and saw He was already dead, they did not break His legs,” recalling the instruction in Exodus 12:46 concerning the Passover Lamb. He died at the ninth hour (three o’clock in the afternoon), about the same time as the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Temple. Christ became the Paschal or Passover Lamb, as noted by St. Paul: “For Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed.” (I Corinthians 5:7) The innocent Lamb was slain for our sins, so that we might be forgiven. This sixth word from the cross was Jesus’ recognition that His suffering was over and His task, completed. Jesus was obedient to the Father and gave His love for mankind by redeeming us with His death on the Cross. Bow your head now and prayer: “We adore You O Christ and we bless You because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”

Beloved, Christ on the Cross cries: “My people, what wrong have I done to you? What good have I not done for you? Listen to me.” Yes, Calvary’s Cross and the crucified Christ surely speak, “God does care, for when He was on the Cross, I was on His mind.” Christ has not only spoken to us by His life but has also spoken for us by His death. Mount Calvary is the best university where we are invited to learn true love and patience in difficult moments, knowing that God is involved. For St. Augustine, “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering’s. John of the Cross says, “The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily mustcast off all things and use the Cross as his cane. In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.” Jesus Christ says to you today, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

MASS: RED Is 52:13-53:12; Ps 31:2.6.12-13. 15-16.17.25 (R. Lk 23:46b); Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Accl. Phil 2:8b.9; Jn 18:1-19:42 GOOD FRIDAY

Prayer Points:

  1. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
  2. For our sake, our Redeemer suffered death and was buried, and rose again. With heartfelt love, let us adore Him, and pray: “Lord, have mercy on us.”
  3. “Christ our Teacher, for our sake, You were obedient even to accepting death. Teach us to obey the Father’s will in all things. Amen.”
  4. “Christ our Life, by Your death on the Cross, You destroyed the power of sin and death. May we die with You, to rise with You in glory. Amen.”
  5. “Christ our King, you became an outcast among us. Teach us the humility by which You saved the world. Amen.”
  6. “Christ our Salvation, You gave Yourself up to death out of love for us. Help us to show Your love to one another. Amen.”
  7. “Christ our Savior, on the Cross You embraced all time with Your outstretched arms. I beseech You to kindly unite God’s scattered children into Your kingdom of salvation.”
  8. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy. Amen.”
  9. “Lord Jesus, for the sake of Your death, bless us; protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.”

Exercise: Pray the “Rosary of Divine Mercy” for conversion of sinners.

Meditation: Galatians 5:24

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