04.18.14 ~ Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

Meds

Is 53:2 – 5

… There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

In Conversation with God:

Sweet nails, sweet tree where life begins… 

What until now has been an instrument of infamy and dishonour, has been converted into the tree of life and the stairway of glory… all those sinners who will approaching him will now know that he will welcome them with open arms…

He is offered harsh wine and myrrh. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their misfortune, and remember their misery no more…

… here one finds the key to suffering in the world; here we learn a little about the malice of sin and the love of God for each man…

Love sacrifice; it is a fountain of interior life. Love the Cross, which is an altar of sacrifice. Love pain, until you drink, as Christ did, the very dregs of the chalice…

CCC #531

During the greater part of his life Jesus shared the condition of the vast majority of human beings: a daily life spent without evident greatness, a life of manual labour. His religious life was that of a Jew obedient to the law of God, a life in the community. From this whole period it is revealed to us that Jesus was “obedient” to his parents and that he “increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man.”

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… what wondrous love is this, o my soul… that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul…

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