It is 30th March 2018. We celebrate the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday. The readings are from Isaiah 52:13-53:12; the second reading is from Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; and the Gospel from John 18:1-19:42. This is the only day, the Church does not celebrate a Holy Mass. Good Friday is the only day in the year where the Church does not celebrate a Mass. We are deeply reflecting the passion and the death during Good Friday Service. In today’s service, we meditate on the readings on the Passion, followed by Solemn intercessions, and the Veneration of the Holy Cross on which Jesus was crucified and conclude with the Holy Communion. It is a Day of Silence and rumination cantered around the death of our Lord. May the sufferings and sacrifices of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bring us healing to our bruised souls and being from weakness and sins. In the first reading, we ponder over the sacrifice of the Messiah, the Servant, Jesus, who suffered for our sins. This passage is the fourth oracle of Suffering Servant of Yahweh. God chose to save us through His Only Begotten Son in a humble and most painful way not in a glorious way. The strength of Jesus is demonstrated on the Cross through His humility, suffering and mercy. A disfigured, nothing so beautiful or majestic in His physical appearance. The undermined the appearance of Jesus and nothing in Him attracted to Him yet healed their sinfulness. The suffering servant will justify many and make them believe in Him. Jesus was disfigured beyond all human appearance. “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.” (Is.53:5). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Lk.23:46). In the second reading, Jesus learned obedience and became the source and inspiration for all who obey God. It is the obedience of Jesus to the plan of the Father brought us all salvation. The Gospel of John recounts the Passion and death of Jesus. The kingship of Jesus is seen in the crucifixion of the Lord that offered us salvation. We are saved by the cross a symbol of humiliation. The raising of Jesus is the exaltation of His Kingship and it is the moment of glory that Jesus always wished for it and that is what defeated the plan of Satan and the enslavement of the sin on humanity. May the Lord Jesus wipe away our sins and the burdens of all sorts to be His disciples. May Jesus remove all fear, anxiety, worries, sickness and sins from our bodies. Let us accompany Jesus in His passion and suffering as we participate in the Way of the Cross on this Good Friday. Pray for the sinners to return to Jesus. May you be blessed by the wounds of Jesus.

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