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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 10 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 52:13 -- 53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1 -- 19:42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As practicing Catholics, Christians, followers of Christ, each of us struggles to find a fitting way to spend Good Friday.

Death in itself is accompanied by mixed emotions. But the death of Christ on our behalf is overwhelming.

We find it difficult to express ourselves. Even the Church's liturgical practices have been changed several times. We experience strong, but mixed, emotions: sadness, confusion, guilt, and yet, gratitude for our redemption. We try to place ourselves in the place of Christ, our Blessed Mother, and perhaps even St. John. We might feel uncomfortable realizing that instead, we might have been there among the persecutors of Christ.

There is the temptation to let ourselves get caught up in the usual whirlwind of the secular world, to brush away the pain with those who show no recognition of it being Good Friday. In that way, we can lean on the emotional reaction of our denial, making the day pass quickly.

But the horrific death of Christ is different, for Christ chose to die for each of us, even though He knew the punishment would be an ignominious death on a cross. He died for each one of us as an act of pure love. How we choose to live out this coming Good Friday will be up to each one of us.

Some suggestions might be to see those broken and bloody bodies of our brothers and sisters worldwide around us as being like the body of Christ; or those thirsty, like Christ, thirsting for some love and recognition; or those naked and cold, like Christ; or those hungry and forgotten, like Christ; or those looking for mercy and forgiveness, which was the mission of Christ; or those who are like the widow, our Blessed Mother Mary, needing love and assistance.

The list is endless, isn't it? Can we help the suffering Christ?

How will YOU spend your day -- this Good Friday?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

Lives of the saints:

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