Good Afternoon everybody, and welcome to the second day of the Easter Triduum: Good Friday.
Once again Carol leads us this Friday with some inspiring words:
The name “Good Friday” always struck me because nothing seems good about the suffering and death of Jesus. His crucifixion was full of horrific suffering, as that was a incredibly painful way to die. In the fullness of His humanity, Jesus experienced human pain and felt abandoned on the Cross. We hear Him cry out: “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?”
On this day we not only remember the Passion of Christ, but we enter into His suffering and death. This is a Mystery each of us shares in through our own lives. Right now my suffering is a demanding academic load. For one of my friends it is grief over the recent death of a family member. For another it is a stressful work environment. For another an undiagnosed medical condition. What are your sufferings on this Good Friday?
Today we share our sufferings, those great and those small, with the suffering of our Savior. This suffering unites us to Christ because He too knows of our pain of this earthly life. Today there is the Cross. The Cross which we carry each day.
As Christians, we understand the Cross in light of Easter Sunday, in light of our redemption through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. But today, Good Friday, there is the Cross. But we believe the Easter joy found in the Risen Christ is coming…but we must endure the Cross first before we arrive at the Resurrection.