Good Friday… As Catholics, this is the most solemn day of the year- one filled with suffering, sadness, and loss. Whether we hear the Passion proclaimed or read those poignant words, we mourn the revolting treatment that our Savior endured. We bemoan his painful death on the cross and we weep alongside his closest friends and family who watched it all happen. Today we are sad.
This is also a day for connections and introspection. On this day, we might connect with Mary as she helplessly watches her son’s anguish. Perhaps we feel a closeness with Jesus because we too are suffering or carrying a heavy burden. Or maybe we look within ourselves and feel a sense of regret for our sinfulness and our shortcomings. Regardless of how we relate to the Passion, we are reminded that we do not have to go it alone, that the crucified Christ is with us in our suffering.
Jesus’ words, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” inspire us in our daily lives. While making the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus trusted in the Father – his faith never faltered. For if Christ trusted his Father in his greatest time of suffering and need, so should we as we manage life’s challenges.
How often do we turn to God in times of grief or pain? How can we confidently “give it to God” in our darkest moments?
Lori Blake Tedjeske
AV Advisory Board Member