Contemplating the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday

Contemplating the Passion of Jesus

Good Friday

As we approach Easter we are reminded more and more about the Passion of our Lord.

Easter is usually a joyous time and yet, for us to reach to that joy we have to pass through the Cross.

We have to encounter death.

We have to encounter pain.

This Good Friday morning, as I contemplated my meditation reading I wondered how often we run away from pain and suffering.

I contemplated how anyone who has ever achieved glory went through some kind of cross, whether they knew it or not.

It occurred to me that the greatest joys come out of painful crosses.

 

When you pray the Sorrowful Mysteries do you really get into the scenes?

Do you really “transport” yourself so to speak to the Mount of Olives?

Do you sit and watch from a distance those disciples sleeping as Jesus suffered?

 

Contemplating the Passion is more than just being a passive by-stander.

It’s about truly understanding what Jesus went through for us.

When the words can no longer express the love you feel for Our Lord we look at the cross.

This Good Friday was different from many others.

I was unable to make the Via Dolorosa as is our custom on Good Friday morning.

 

But the beauty of our Faith is that we make the procession every time we face our own crosses in life.

How many time have you faced a trial or tribulation and you were immediately taken back to the image of Jesus falling.

His falling again and again.

But he gets ups and continues on that road to Calvary.

Good-Friday-It is finished

This very Good Friday nothing seemed to go as planned and it made me realize how the apostle must have felt.

They felt lost – like sheep without a shepherd.

They would have felt sadness and pain – their master was gone.

They would have felt afraid – not knowing where to turn in fear that they would be next.

 

Jesus’ example on this Good Friday reminds us of how we have to face life.

Not only did He die for our sins but He was a model for us right up to his death.

 

This year I have sponsored a candidate into the Church.

She will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion.

As part of the RCIA process we celebrated the Seder Passover. In the same way and at the same time Jesus and His disciples would have prepared for it.

It brought the mysteries of this Pascal event closer to reality for me this year.

I have read from many Popes where what we celebrate on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Glorious Saturday are representative

and not actually days and times.

Do this in remembrance of me.

What occurred to me a while ago is that it doesn’t matter if Jesus died on Good Friday or the Wednesday of Holy Week or the Tuesday of Holy Week.

What is most important for Our Faith is that he did die

But more importantly that He rose again.

He rose again!

Today is a day of remembrance.

Today is a day of reflection.

Today is a day where we be resolved and find peace.

Today is a day when we say with the centurion after he saw how he died, “Truly this man was the Son of God”

 

May you have a blessed Good Friday ….. waiting in anticipation for Easter Sunday.

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Hilary De Freitas

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About Hilary De Freitas

Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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Hilary

Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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