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Lenten reflection, Good Friday

Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

Many of us will be singing those words at a service today. The day seems to be one full of sorrow and evil.

Yet this is the day when we see the full extent of God’s love for each and every one of us. Of all the days in the history of the world—the day of creation, the day of our birth—this day stands out as the day we see the full extent of God’s love for us.

We may weep as we recall the tremendous agony Our Lord endured, but those tears of sorrow should turn to tears of joy as we reflect on this unheard-of act of charity:

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

What a great day to celebrate the love of the One who laid down His life for us, whom He calls friends!

Provincial Superior Father Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R.
Brooklyn, N.Y.