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Good Friday - The Cross of Christ

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 04/03/2015

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Isaiah prophesies to the people with a blunt message to cast aside fear and trust in the Lord. These words are just as pertinent today as we bring the darkness of fear into the light of faith.

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There is a sharp contrast between the Book of Genesis and the Gospel of Matthew. Whereas Adam and Eve experience the devastating consequences of sin, Mary embraces the words of the angel Gabriel and accepts God's plan for salvation history. May her words inspire us to say "Yes!" to the Lord today.

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Both Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew reveal that God cares for us like a zealous shepherd who guards the sheep. May we trust in the Lord to lead and guide us through this life to the next.

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In the Gospel of Luke a group of men did what was needed to bring a paralytic man to Jesus. Their example of faith, tenacity and hard work inspire us to be the friend that our friends need today!

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Let's explore some of the themes we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

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John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah as he preaches repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The Reason? To prepare the people to encounter Jesus Christ.

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The Gospel of Matthew shows Jesus sending out the Twelve Apostles, empowering them to carry out his work. Their example inspires us to offer our lives for the Lord's service today.

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Light is so important to us as we rely on our sense of sight. Yet there is also spiritual sight that guides us always...and so we welcome Christ our light!

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The first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew inspire us to trust in the Lord as we listen to Christ and act on his word.

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The readings today all point to a time of fulfillment and hope. The "mountain of the Lord" or the "house of the Lord" or even the healing and restoration made possible by Jesus...it all looks to our final destination where the Lord Jesus Christ reigns supreme!

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The Cross of Christ - ugly, filthy with the blood of countless victims, jagged, and splintered - becomes the sign of the depth and breadth of agony Jesus endured.  As he embraces his suffering, the Cross becomes a bridge whereby he unites with all humanity, meeting us in our most profound moments of weakness and sin, and gives us hope through his triumph over death.

We must understand the Cross in the light of Easter joy:

  • For if we only focus on the Cross then we have no hope; life becomes dark and filled with despair.
  • And if we only focus on Easter joy then we have no respect for the gift of the Lord's Passion; we do not appreciate the price that was paid for our salvation.

We look to the Cross and allow Christ's Passion to touch our lives.  We unite with Jesus and give grateful thanks that he has redeemed us in every aspect of our lives.

Come to the Cross and unite your heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.

Be redeemed by Love Himself, who gave his life to save and set us free.

April 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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