It is 14th April 2017. We celebrate the Lord’s Passion on this Good Friday. It is supremely good because of the sacrifice of Jesus our Lord and Saviour’s crucifixion. Jesus died for me and for you personally for the mess of sins we have committed. It is the day, we must pray that we must nail our sinful selves to the Cross of Jesus so that we do not leave Him or to abuse His unconditional love any more. As Jesus breathed His last, Jesus left us with three significant means for everlasting happiness and joy. They are The Cross, the Caring Mother Mary and the Church. Let us look up to the Holy Cross of our Lord for our quest for happiness through the intercession of our beloved Mother Mary and the guidance of the Church. The redemptive sacrifice of Jesus for all is the most powerful expression of love so far, any human ever attempted to display to the end. As we are going to do the veneration of the Cross of Jesus, we must think of all those who are some sort of pain, point of death and suffering. Let us generously contribute as our we place our offertory near the cross and it for the use of the holy places in Holy land and needy brethren of the church in need. Pope Paul VI introduced it. According to him, the collection was created “not only for the Holy Places but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational, and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities.” 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. The first reading is the song of the Suffering Servant that presents us with the unbearable pain Jesus, the Servant of Yahweh went for us. The selfless love of Jesus displayed so profoundly and silently. The responsorial Psalm submits, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” The second reading strengthens us all on this Good Friday that “Christ offers prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the One was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of his reverence.” (Heb.5:7). Our hope and courage is only in the crucified Christ. We are made worthy, hopeful and blessed because of the supreme Sacrifice of Jesus. The wounded world of ours can only be saved by the wounds of Christ on the Most Holy Cross. May you be blessed.

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