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Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday and the Kingdom of Heaven


By Anna Von Reitz

This post is for the Christians in the group, a rumination on where we have gone wrong for so long.  All my other friends may wish to read and think about these things also, for the Christian faith is not the only one subject to corruption.... 

So here's what I am thinking this Good Friday: 

Jesus, a Nazorean, paid for all sins with one horrendous sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  We remember Him and that supreme act of unselfish love for all of us and for the world and for the Earth and for all of Creation--- on this day.  

For a Christian, this is the most solemn, most thought-provoking, most painful day in the entire year.  We once again confront our sins in the shadow cast by His cross and must ask ourselves---- could I pick up my cross and follow Him?

INSTRUCTION ON GOOD FRIDAY

Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year

This day was formerly for the Jewish people a day of preparation for Easter, and was called by them the Parasceve; for us Christians it is the anniversary of the death and burial of our Lord who on this day, being Himself both High-Priest and Victim, offered Himself upon the cross for the salvation of the world.
Why do Catholics hold this day in such veneration?
Because it is one of the greatest days from the beginning of the world to its end. On this day the designs which God had from all eternity were perfected, as Jesus Himself expressed when He said, All is consummated; for on this day He was given up to the Gentiles by the Jews, was scourged, crowned with thorns, loaded with the cross, dragged to Calvary amid taunts and sneers, there nailed to the cross between two thieves, and by His painful death finished the great work of redemption.
Why did Christ suffer so much to, redeem, us?
To show us what an immense evil sin is, on account of which He underwent such cruel sufferings that He might satisfy divine justice. His love for us was so great that He gave the last drop of His blood to save us. He rendered satisfaction for all men without exception, that none might be lost, that every one might possess eternal life. Look up today, and every day of thy life, to Christ on the cross, and see how God punishes sin, since He did not even spare His only-begotten Son, who took upon Himself our sins, and for them died this cruel death. What death is due to thee, if thou dost not despise and flee from sin?
Why does the Church celebrate the commemoration of the passion of Christ in such solemn quietness?