Holy Week is the annual opportunity to simply live your life in the light of Jesus’ story more than you usually do. Today, on this Good Friday, we live our life and die our deaths with Jesus.
Today’s Bible reading
Matthew 10:38-39 – Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
More thoughts for meditation
Today we spend the last hours with Jesus on his way to the cross. There are so many ways we might be tempted to skip this part, to get distracted and tune back in for Easter morning. But today is the fulfillment of his love. Don’t miss it. In his suffering, he identifies with us – every part of us, every one of us. So we stay with him to learn his way; to know the depths he goes, to follow him. He brings life through death. Don’t be afraid; he will show us the way too. Stay close.
Suggestions for action
Take a meditative journey to walk with Jesus to the cross using our Way of the Cross guide. If you are able, do this sometime between 12-3pm: the last three of the six hours Jesus suffered for us on the cross when darkness covered the land. At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour (Mark 15:33). To experience the full three hours, spend time in prayer at the beginning and the end, so your journey is bathed in prayer and centered with our community.
The way of the cross is a means to engage our whole being: body, mind and spirit, in meditation. Most Roman Catholic buildings have replicas of these “stations” on their walls — people take this prayer walk in the quiet of the sanctuary, contemplating the Lord’s sacrifice for them and entering into his death. We have our own version. We are taking this journey wherever we are to help ourselves see the way of suffering love moving into our present reality and to see how we can enter into it with Jesus in our time and place.
You are invited to Tenebrae tonight at 8pm Live Zoom Event Link. Let it be an extension of station 14. You are not alone to enter your grief. We do this together.