Lenten reflections 2018 - Holy Week - GOOD FRIDAY

 

 

GOOD FRIDAY

(Isaiah 52: 13-53; Hebrews 4: 14-16, 5: 7-9; John 18: 1 to 19: 42)
'Father, into.your hands I commend my spirit'

 

We call this Friday 'Good' because it is good for us to recognize that not all of our connections are pure, as much as we desire them to be. Somehow you manage to enter the court and you watch the proceedings. You see the spiritual power of Jesus, calm and humble - strengthened through his experience in the Garden, strengthened by his "yes" - 'your will be done'. You hear how Pilate interrogates him, you see his frustration, fear and anxiety to please the authorities. You follow the group designated to chastise Jesus. As they lash him with a whip, and crown him with thorns, you hear again - this is my body, my blood poured out for you - do this in memory of me. Having met Jesus over these days in such an intimate way - can you understand Jesus?

You now walk with him the road to Mt Golgotha. You see him, Son of God, weak and weary. He meets the women. You help him hold the cross as he comforts them. You notice he is always there for others. So why this cruel death? Too much for you, you take Veronica's place and wipe the bleeding, soiled face of Jesus. What is your response when you see the imprint of his face on that cloth. When Jesus meets his mother -witness what transpires as they look at each other. Enter their reality. Be Simon of Cyrene and help Jesus carry his cross. As you watch the crucifixion hear Jesus exclaiming: 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing'; today you will be with me in paradise; into your hands I commend my spirit'. Hear again the words of the last supper - 'Do this in memory of me'.

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:     'Jesus, Son of God'

I breathe out:  'Thank you for your tremendous love'

 

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