Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Brothers and sisters, today God continues to fill our minds and hearts with amazement. Let us be filled with that amazement as we gaze upon the crucified Lord. May we too say: “You are truly the Son of God. You are my God”.

Pope Francis, Homily on Passion Sunday 28 March 2021. 

Pieta Photo 2021 03 29 at 9.55.15 PM

 Pieta - Mary holding Jesus. Sculpture by Michaelangelo. Photo by James Schultz.

Why, Lord, did you wish to endure all this?

Jesus did it for us, to plumb the depths of our human experience, our entire existence, all our evil. To draw near to us and not abandon us in our suffering and our death. To redeem us, to save us. Jesus was lifted high on the cross in order to descend to the abyss of our suffering. He experienced our deepest sorrows: failure, loss of everything, betrayal by a friend, even abandonment by God. By experiencing in the flesh our deepest struggles and conflicts, he redeemed and transformed them.

Pope Francis, Homily Passion Sunday 28 March 2021