Good Friday is not like any other day of the year.
It is not necessarily a day of comfort.
It is a somber day.
It is a day which should cause us to stop and reflect.
Good Friday is a day which often leaves us with a strange feeling as we walk out of church,
a feeling that something is not yet finished,
a feeling that something is not complete.
I feel always feel an emptiness on Good Friday when I see the door of the tabernacle left open and the tabernacle light out.
The empty tabernacle reminds, us all of the power of the real presence which we so often take for granted.
And all of these feelings do not happen by chance.
The church goes to great lengths to set mood and create these feelings.
The altar is stripped
Many times the statues are covered or removed
The holy water fonts are dry
Here at catholic we always take things a little farther, the sacristans even roll up the carpets in the sanctuary.
You see my dear friends the rituals and traditions of Good Friday
are meant to teach us a lot about ourselves,
and they also teach us a lot about God.
Good Friday puts before our eyes the reality of our sin.
It reminds us that all of us are sinners,
all of us are broken.
It reminds us that sin is a part of our lives,
it reminds us that our sins cause pain and cause hurt,
Not only in our own lives but in the lives of everyone we meet.
Good Friday teaches us that our sins are so serious
That, God Himself has to intervene..
Good Friday teaches that God is just not willing to give up on us.
It shows us just how far God is willing to go for us.
On Good Friday we see the ultimate proof of God’s love.
And from the tree of life, from the cross,
we learn how we can and how should respond to the sin in our own life
and the sin in lives of those around us.
When creation strayed from God,
God did not break off His relationship with us
he doesn’t give up on us.
When we sin God does not move farther away,
instead he came closer.
In fact He came very close.
He sent his Son
So often in our lives when people hurt us when we feel the effects of our sins and the sins of others,
our first inclination is to run and hide,
to get away to distance ourselves.
When things get messy, when things go bad,
God does not run and hide,
A second thing we learn on Good Friday is that God did not pretend that our sin was not present
he didn’t look the other way rather he acknowledged our sin.
He faced it and he calls us to do the same.
So often when we come in contact with sin or when we sin ourselves we pretend that it really doesn’t matter.
We say things like,
I’m not hurt, or I haven’t hurt anyone,
as if we somehow we have the ability to wish power of sin away.
On the cross Jesus teaches us that sin is real and it matters and it can’t be taken lightly.
On the cross Jesus teaches us that sin demands a radical response from God and a radical response from us.
On Good Friday we see how God responds to our sin
Compelled by love for each one of us
God responds to our sin by taking it upon himself.
By paying the price of our sin Himself on the cross
He allows Himself to feel it’s pain.
We too must be willing to take on the pain of the cross.
We too must be willing to carry the cross.
By lovingly taking our sins upon his shoulders God transforms the
When he forgives them He redeems them.
God shows us how we can change evil into good.
He shows us that love even has the power to redeem sin
So often we respond to sin, and pain, with sin and pain
So often we allow the evil we experience to take root in our hearts
To distort us.
It is so easy for us to allow evil to breed evil
And pain to cause pain.
It is so easy for us to allow anger and resentment to make us angry and resentful
When that happens evil and anger and sin wins…
Jesus did not allow our sins to make him become angry or bitter.
Rather he heals them with this love.
The world would be so different if we like God could respond to sin with love.
This is such an important lesson for all us to learn.
Finally, despite our transgressions,
despite our sin, from the pulpit of the cross,
Jesus he prayed for us.
He took our sin upon himself and he offered up his suffering for us
the very people who had sinned against him.
Forgive them Father they know not what they are doing.
How often do we pray for those who hurt us?
How often do we offer up our pain and hurt for the very people who cause them?
Yes Good Friday teaches us so much.
We learn so much from powerful witness of the cross.
Let us not run from sin
let us not fear evil.
Let us look sin in the eye
let us face it and acknowledge is.
Let us willingly carry our cross.
When someone sins against us let us not respond in kind
Let us not allow evil to take root in our hearts.
Instead of letting sin change us let us change it.
Let us love the sinner and redeem the sin.
In a few moments when kneel before the cross
When we venerate it.
Let us all pray God that we learn its lessons well.
We adore you or Christ and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world