April 3 – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 ● Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 ● John 18:1-19:42

Take the mercy, accept the help

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

REFLECTION


What separates Christianity from all of the other great world religions is Jesus: God who became human, a human who “experienced it all” except for sin. How fortunate we are to have a God we can pray to who has been through weakness and testing, who knows what it is like to cry out in pain and weep in sorrow. This Jesus is our greatest advocate, and we can go directly to him to ask for help. We don’t need to be ashamed to ask, because Jesus knows what it is like to try to trust in God even while suffering.

ACTION


The scriptures often urge us to ask God boldly and directly for what we need. Bring your requests to Jesus now, without shame.

Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.

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