Study: Consider a time in life when all hope seemed lost. Where did strength come from?
Pray: Offer a prayer of acceptance for the love and saving work of Jesus. Gaze upon a crucifix and reflect on his sacrifice.
Serve: Acts of love, kindness, and sacrifice come in all shapes and sizes; where might you offer your life today for another?
Have you ever had a bad day?
Let me be brutally clear: have you ever had a day so bad that it seemed as if the earth had swallowed you up and you were trapped under a crushing weight of pain, sorrow, agony, loss, humiliation, abandonment, or confusion – utterly devoid of all direction, purpose, and meaning? A place where reality overflows with suffering?
Welcome to the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Nothing on this “Good Friday” looks good at first glance:
- Betrayal from friends
- Unjust accusations
- Corrupt justice
- Ego and political power trips
- Cruel humiliation
- Timid frailty and cowardice
- Brutal physical punishment
Why? Why! Why would God allow this? What could such horrible suffering teach us about ourselves or God?
Answer: What wondrous love.
Jesus Christ endured this day out of love for a wounded and broken humanity. He died in this wretched way for our sinful weakness because we could not be healed on our own. He carried his Cross because of our worst days – the days that we regret over the thoughts, words, and actions that we cannot take back.
The Cross reveals the depth of God’s love: a love without limit or boundary. There is nothing, NOTHING, that can keep us from the wondrous love of Christ. Jesus embraces our human faults, sins, and weaknesses – and meets us there with the Cross that should have been our own. His Cross bridges the gap caused by our sins and restores us to a life of grace.
God’s love shines with a strength that humbles us. God comes to us in our most fragile and unlovable moments to heal and bless. This love – freely given and bestowed, provided by the Lord’s grace alone – requires only one thing:
We are invited today to look into the eyes of Jesus and recognize the one who knows us completely and loves us entirely. We have the chance today to accept this love and walk in his light. Perhaps sometime today we will have the opportunity to get down on our knees and recommit our lives to Christ – who offers this Wondrous Love for our salvation.