Catholic homily for Good Friday
Theme: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
By: Fr. Gerald Musa
As we celebrate Good Friday let us underscore, identify and reflect on 10 of the moments of excruciating emotional and physical pains in the passion of Jesus:
1) He was betrayed with a kiss and sold out by one of his closest associates and another denied him three times.
2) His followers deserted him and ran away at a time he needed them most. This was in fulfillment of the prophecy: “I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.
3) His disciples could not even pray with him for an hour in his moment of trouble, pain and mental anguish and at a time when his soul was deeply tormented and he could not sleep.
4) A young man who followed him, later ran away naked wearing nothing when he was intimidated by the enemies of Jesus.
5) A jealous and vicious group of elders brought forward false accusations against him and many ignorant people bore false witness against him.
6) They condemned him in his innocence and spat on him, struck him, covered his face and made a mockery of him.
7) Jesus, the paschal victim, was arraigned before a politician, a king who was a ‘people pleaser.’ The king decided to satisfy the bloodthirsty crowd by killing an innocent man and setting a criminal, Barabbas free. Having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
8) They plaited a crown of thorn and put on his head and offered him wine mixed with myrrh.
9) They crucified him among robbers and divided his garments among them.
10) Even while he was writhing with pains on the cross, those who passed by derided him and those who were crucified with him reviled him.
Let us remember that through the crown of thorns Jesus won the crown of eternal glory. People humiliated him, but God exalted him after his death. When we face humiliation with every sense of humility and patience, God exalts us afterwards.
How could anyone forgive people who have caused him/her such pain and public disgrace? Jesus forgave his killers and we ought to learn to forgive people who have betrayed, hurt and injured us so badly.
What could be more difficult than to be abandoned by close friends in the moment of suffering? Jesus went through all this and yet did not reject his runaway friends afterwards. What is our attitude towards those who betray and disappoint us?
Jesus so loved us and gave his life for us on the cross. This action of Jesus goes a long way to say that everyone that truly loves must be ready to make some sacrifice. Greater love has no one than to lay down his/her life.
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