This is a day to lament all suffering, all victims of oppression, all those whose lives are endangered through the horrors of war, through capital punishment, through violence in any form, including poverty and injustice.
Who is Jesus who died on the Cross?
Teacher of the New Law
Speaker of words of life and liberation
Bringer of healing and mercy
The Compassionate One
Giver of abundant life
The Innocent One
Friend giving his life for his Friends
Savior of all humankind
Crucified and Risen one
Creator of New Heavens and a New Earth
Savior of all living things
Our Incarnate God saving us through his birth and every moment of his life
Why did he die on the cross?
Betrayed by one of his own, Jesus was targeted by the religious and secular authorities who colluded to eliminate him because he threatened their “authority” and the systems that gave them power over the people. Let us keep in mind all you know and in prayer all in the world carrying a cross, including those crucified through the cruelty and barbarism of others.
Jesus had emptied himself becoming fully human in the form of a slave and, like so many of them, faced the shame and horror of the Cross. Ultimately, Jesus died because he chose utter fidelity to his Message and Mission, to his call. He preached a “a word of life and liberation” and did not renege.
Even though Jesus brought healing and abundant life, he was hated, even despised. (Why?)
Jesus lived for us and through his Passion, with a selfless act of love, Jesus poured himself out to give us abundant life and full freedom of spirit.
Stay with Jesus in silence somewhere, somehow, a few minutes or as long as you possibly can. Just be present.
Later, begin to look for signs of a new heaven and a new earth.