Friday 2 April 2021
Day of fast and abstinence
St Francis of Paola
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12. Father, I put my life in your hands – Psalm 30(31):2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25. Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9. John 18:1 – 19:42.
Good Friday is the darkest day of the year for me, and yet utterly, painfully, beautiful. To reflect on the Passion, from Jesus’ self-gift in the upper room, to his death rest in the tomb, can cast one into a sea of emotions. Here we see the sovereign God allow himself to be hated, humiliated, betrayed, abandoned. He plunges to the depths of the human experience, drinks every drop of sorrow, malice and prejudice that we have to offer, takes our blows and derision, ignored and small, killed in the name of an emperor who’d never heard of him. In our Churches today he still offers his back to us, suffering our pettiness, our judgement, our boredom and hypocrisy. He holds nothing back, holding all humanity, all our suffering, all our deeds in his heart even as it begins to fail at our hands. All for love of us.Email this Print This Page