GOOD FRIDAY March 30

They brought him to the place of Golgotha—which is translated Place of the Skull.  They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it.  Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take.  It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.  The inscription of the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews.’  With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left.  Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha!  You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross.’  Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, mocked him among themselves and said, ‘He saved others’ he cannot save himself.  Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.’  Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’  which is translated, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’  Look, he is calling Elijah.’  One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.’  Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.  The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.  When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’”

 

This is the stark reality of how Jesus was treated after all the good He had done.

Recall how often Jesus said, “The Father and I are one;” and “Whoever sees me sees the Father.”

What must have been in Jesus’ heart when he heard the centurion say “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Martyrs before us followed him to the end.  What grace do you need to have such courage?

Heritage word—“Do we have the faith and courage to take up our cross and follow Him all the way?

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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