Thoughts on Good Friday

“And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:31).

Never was there such another procession as that which went along the Via Dolorosa that Good Friday morning. Jesus died that day for us.

Under an eastern sky,
Amid a rabble cry,
A man went forth to die – For me.

“Thorn-crowned His blessed head,
Blood-stained His every tread,
Cross-laden, on He sped – For me.”

There was human pity at the cross; medicated wine was offered the Sufferer by gentle hands. But He refused to take the stupefying draught. He would not lessen in the smallest degree his pain as the world’s Redeemer, and He would not enter the great mystery of death with faculties dulled.

Terrible as were the sufferings of Christ on His cross, we think of Him not with pity, but with adoration. What we see is the Lamb of God bearing the sin of the world.

[Source: “Morning Thoughts for Every Day of Life” (March 29) by J.R. Miller]

“What is urgent is the evangelization of a world that not only does not know the basic aspects of Christian dogma, but in great part has lost even the memory of the cultural elements of Christianity.”

Pope John Paul II

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