Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 (R/. Luke 23:46); Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Philippians 2:8-9; John 18:1 – 19:42
Good Friday calls us to see ourselves as people of the Cross, venerating the cross that brought us salvation. The readings shed light. The prophet Isaiah speaks of one who suffers for the sake of the people, “pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins” (Isaiah 53:5). The Church heard this “servant song” and thought of Jesus’ death on the cross as an offering for sin that won pardon for our offenses. Hebrews presents Christ’s death on the cross as the sacrifice offered by our great high priest, ever obedient to the Father’s will. Through his sufferings, he was “made perfect” and “became the source of salvation for all who obey him” (5:9). John’s Passion presents the cross as “the hour” for which Jesus came, when God will be glorified, when the love of God will be revealed. The cross presents Jesus being lifted up and drawing all things to himself, promising that all who look on him and believe in him will be saved. As we reverence the cross, we take up Christ’s work bringing others to life in him.
Do you trust God to bring life out of your bearing the cross?