Homily for Good Friday
Theme: Love from Above
By: Christ in the Desert Monastery, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Homily for Friday, April 19 2019
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
The Prophet Isaiah tells us in the first reading today: he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. How difficult for us to accept that another person would love us so much as to take our brokenness upon himself so that we could become whole.
How difficult to accept that another person would be willing to die for us that we could live. This is so difficult because most of us are not that generous–or even if we are, when it actually comes to giving our lives, we tend to flinch a bit.
The Lord Jesus loves us without any conditions! The second reading today, from the Letter to the Hebrews, tells us that “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” Our Lord Jesus does not flinch nor withdraw from His pains and sufferings. Our Lord walks with joy to His own death so that we might live.
The account of the Passion that we have heard today is from Saint John. It only confirms what we know of Jesus: He chooses the way of suffering so that others can live and so that others can know the love of God. As we participate in this service today, hearing the Word of God, participating in some way in the passion and suffering of the Lord, may our hearts be moved so that we also are willing to give our lives for others.
As we offer our own lives, may we know the divinity of Christ, may our faith be deepened and may our sins be forgiven.