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GOOD FRIDAY - 2008
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
March 21, 2008 Year: A
Is. 52:13 to 53:12; Heb. 4:14-16, 5:7-9;
Jn. 18:1 to 19:42
My God My God
Why have you forsaken me?
servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very
Just as there were many who were astonished at him so marred was his
appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals - so
he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they
had not heard they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry
ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his
appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by
others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from
whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we
accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was
wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the
punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and
the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like
a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its
shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his
future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the
transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb
with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his
life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his
days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he
shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The
righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the
spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was
numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made
intercession for the transgressors." [Is. 52:13- 53:12]
then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus,
the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a
high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one
who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us
therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with
loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he
was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he
learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he
became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him." [Heb. 4:14-16;
This is a true story which happened in the States. A man came out of his
home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was
happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to
his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy's hands into pulp as
punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.
Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally
had to amputate the fingers from both the boy's hands. When the boy woke up
from the surgery & saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, "Daddy, I'm
sorry about your truck." Then he asked, "but when are my fingers going to
grow back?" The father went home and committed suicide.
about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or you wish to
take revenge. Think first before you lose your patience with someone you
love. Trucks can be repaired.. Broken bones & hurt feelings often can't. Too
often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the
forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.
make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take
while in a rage will haunt us forever.
remember the lies that were testified against Jesus? [Mk. 14:56]
How about when some of the people spit on Jesus? [Mk. 14:65]
When Jesus was repeatedly hit by the palms of hands? [Mk. 14:65]
When He was whipped and He shed His Sacred Blood? [Mt. 27:26]
When He had a Crown of Thorns placed on His head? [Jn. 19:2]
Do we remember when that for our sake, Jesus was stripped of His clothing?
[Mt. 27:28] What embarrassment He endured for us!
Do we remember when Jesus was mocked as the King of the Jews? [Mt. 27:29]
was hit on the head with a reed? [Mt. 27:30]
When they mocked Jesus by bowing on their knees before Him? [Mk. 19-20]
When they cast lots for His vesture? [Mt. 27:35]
was beaten by the soldiers? [Jn 19:3]
had to carry the heavy wooden Cross of our sins while He was in such great
pains? [Jn 19:17]
THE DAY OF FORGIVENESS AND A DAY TO BE WITH THE SUFFERING LOT. LET US LIVE
THIS DAY IN TOTAL SILENCE OF MIND AND SURROUNDINGS.
New book from Fr. Rudy :
Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
serious exegetical study on the important words and
texts from the writings of St John of the Cross. The
study deals with a short life and writings of the mystic
and then does a complete study on GOD, MAN and WAYS to
EXPERIENCE GOD. The book is available at: St. Joseph
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125/- pp.xviii + 234, The Title of the Book is: THE
DYNAMISM OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH - An Exegetical Study on
St. John of the Cross, author: Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza,
OCD, MA. PhD.
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