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Good Friday – The Mystery Of The Cross

Today we commemorate Good Friday, the day when Our Lord and Savior suffered and died on the cross so that we can have eternal life. While on the surface this despicable and tragic event makes us sad and angry, we need to remember that it was through this event that our salvation was made possible. One of the lessons that we can learn from the crucifixion is that God can always bring good out of evil. The greatest imaginable crime, the murder of The Lord, resulted in our salvation.

When we look at this event, we have the advantage of knowing the final outcome. Even though we see Jesus on the cross, we know that He will rise from the dead. Can you imagine what the followers of Jesus were thinking as they watched the crucifixion take place? They didn?t know for sure how things would turn out. The Apostles must have recalled Our Lord?s words ?Remember the word I spoke to you, ?No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.?(Jn 15:20) Can you imagine their fear as they knew what was in store for them?

Jesus informed us that the cross is an essential part of the Christian life when He said, ?If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.? (Lk 9:23) While it might not take away the pain, looking at the outcome of the crucifixion should give us hope as we suffer along with Christ. No matter how difficult your problems are, don?t give up. Trust in God?s will and ask for the strength to continue.

Very few of us can claim to have suffered more than Jesus. The physical and emotional pain that He endured is unimaginable. He knows what suffering is?ask Him for help in carrying your cross. Above all, try to ?rejoice? in your suffering because, just as with Jesus, the mysterious cross is the path to eternal happiness.

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