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Good Friday
April 14, 2017

By Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ
St. Louis, MO


Is 52:13, 53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25;
Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1, 19:42

…because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked; and so shall
take away the sins of many, and win pardon
for their offenses. Is 53:12

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Ps 31:5
“It is finished.” And bowing his head,
he handed over the spirit. Jn 19:30

Jesus surrendered himself to death and in doing so won pardon for our sins, but he was counted among the wicked. What a perfect day for us to surrender totally, to lay aside all judgments. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Jesus’ work was completed. Humbly bowing his head, he handed over his spirit. Jesus made a choice for each and all of us. He chose to die that all might live. There is no greater love!

This day is appropriately named Good Friday. No more words are needed. Let us silently ponder so great a Love. Contemplative being calls us to “the More.”What actions might we take today and in the future that reflect such love, such mercy, such humility, such choice for all of life, such total surrender?

Beloved, thanks for loving me, for loving us so much!
I surrender all to You. Please effect in me,
in us your miracle of love.
Together we await new Life and Resurrection.


Personal Challenge
Be with Jesus on the cross. Silently ponder Jesus’
great LOVE. Let love be spoken through
both presence and daily deeds.

Check back tomorrow for a Holy Saturday reflection.

Courtesy of Ministry of the Arts