Friday, April 09, 2004
Good Friday  

Father Groeschel shares the very sentiments which I have this day:

"Behold the wood of the cross." All around you people are experiencing their personal Calvary. But when you think of it, this is true in any neighborhood, any family, any place where human beings gather. Even working in a business office there are people going through their personal Calvary or, unfortunately, their personal hell. And this is why the great message of Good Friday is charity. God so loved the world that He sent His Son, and His Son brought us salvation and the hope of eternal life. Even the criminals and sadists who led Christ to Calvary were included in His prayer: "Father, forgive them."

In a very touching scene in The Passion, when Jesus, beaten and exhausted, meets Mary on the way to Calvary, the character of Jesus, borrowing from the book of Revelation, says, "Behold, I make all things new." Some of the early Church Fathers tell us that among those gathered to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were some who had shouted "Crucify Him!" in Pilate's courtyard.

By faith even those in very desperate situations can participate in the commemoration and reality of Good Friday. It's everybody's feast day.

Today, my wife and I are experiencing a personal Calvary. Yesterday, we learned of a positive test for neural tube defects in our first child whom my wife is carrying. This child is only 16 and half weeks. We hope to have a sonogram today. We pray that it shows that the test results were wrong and that our child is healthy and strong.

Jesus, I trust in You. Thy Will be done. Please pray that our child does not have any complications and that all is well. Pray for my wife and I to cling to our Lord and trust completely in His mercy.

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