Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

[Is 52:13—53:12 / Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 / Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 / Jn 18:1—19:42]

“BEHOLD, BEHOLD, THE WOOD OF THE CROSS”

All around the world Christians gather today to enter more deeply into the Good Friday celebration of the Triduum where we wrestle with our belief in a merciful God and the reality of human suffering. We see the face of violence and suffering all around us and ask what meaning the death of the Messiah can have for people in our world.

In today’s liturgy, there is the stark reality of the cross and Jesus’ words, “Into Your Hands, I commend my spirit.” Jesus, Word made flesh, suffered and died. People today are suffering and dying. Our compassionate God through the suffering Messiah embraces the suffering of the world. Our God is with those who suffer and we cannot be indifferent to them. When we bend today to kiss the cross, and embrace the suffering Messiah, we commit ourselves to be the compassionate presence of God to those who suffer violence and injustice. Can we bear the wood of the cross today with Hope?