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Good Friday 2012

posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:50 AM by fathermark@stmaryshuntingburg.org

Good Friday

April  6, 2012

 

            Today, on this Good Friday, we ponder the Cross of Jesus Christ our Savior.

And, in pondering the Cross of Jesus, we peer into the very heart of the Christian faith ... we are faced with the essence of the "way" that Jesus came to show us ... the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

For the Cross of Jesus is the model for Christian living ...

The Cross is the example of how we must live ...

The Cross is the standard by which we must judge our own lives.

 

            In his Cross, Jesus shows us the deepest meaning of love ... not a passing feeling ... not attention to this one but not that one ... the Cross shows us love as self-giving, self-forgetting, other-directed care for others ...

On His Cross, our Lord shows us the way of forgiving ... as he forgives those who abandoned him and betrayed him and mocked him and hurt him ... no one excluded from his forgiveness ...

On His Cross, Jesus shows us the way of trust and surrender and abandonment to the divine will ... at the precise moment when it seemed that all had failed ... that virtually everyone had turned against him ... when it seemed that there  was no longer reason to hope.

 

            Of course, the whole life of Jesus is an example, a lesson, a model ... every word, every action, every teaching can enlighten and guide and inspire us.

But no where ... no where ... is the life of our Savior more instructive for us in what it means to be his disciple ... to walk in his way ... to live as he did ... than his Sacred Cross.

It is the Cross of Jesus that is the true standard, the reliable measure, the only norm, the perfect pattern for our way of living...

 

            And so, the Cross of Jesus inevitably shows how we fall short ...

The Cross reveals the reality of our sin.

In light of the self-giving, self-forgetting, other-directed love of Jesus ... we see our selfishness, our pettiness, our failures to look on the needs of others.

In light of his forgiving ... we see how we parcel out our forgiveness ... how we hold on to bitterness ... how we refuse to let go of past hurts ...

In light of his abandonment in trust to the mysterious will of the Father ... when all seemed lost ... we see the limits of our trust ... our failures to surrender and wait and hope in the Lord.

 

            The Cross of Jesus reveals the standard for our lives ...

... and the Cross reveals our sin.

And ... and the Cross reveals a divine love that is always, always, always greater than our sin ... greater than our power to sin ... a divine love that is always, always ready to forgive ... a superabundant love, a wondrous love, a  love beyond our imagining ...

 

            And so, on this Good Friday, as we ponder the Cross, we must wonder ...  and we must repent ... we must give thanks ...

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