April 13, 2017
Lenten reflection, day 45: Good Friday
Every year around this time we stop and contemplate the meaning of Good Friday and how it makes sense to us today.
As a son of Alphonsus, I use this day to reexamine the vows I’ve made to the Redemptorists and to reflect upon how I can make myself more accessible to the underprivileged around me.
As Christians, we are people of the cross. And with the cross comes sacrifice. It would be difficult to understand walking in a world without sacrifices. But only when we make our sacrifices with love can we unite our many crosses with that of Jesus.
Good Friday is the day we should all pray for conversion of hearts and minds, that we will become more like Jesus. Good Friday should hit us in the face and wake us up to the fact that the way of the cross is the way to live, rather than the way of the world. When we do this, we are living the kingdom Jesus ushered in.
“Why have you forsaken me?” He asks of us this very question. We all know that we have forsaken him, yet he still calls to us, “feed my lambs.” What great love!
Father Elton Letang, C.Ss.R.
Malick, Barataria, Trinidad & Tobago
Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1–19:42
Who are the Redemptorists?
Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Since 1732 the Redemptorists have followed in His footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned. Our congregation of missionary priests and brothers was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like the first Apostles, our mission—and our joy—is bringing the message of salvation to all people. As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to crib, cross, Mary, and the Eucharist. To learn more, explore our website and connect with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
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