S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good Friday Reflections: The Triumph of Love

Today is Good Friday. What good is there on this day? Allow me to share three points.

First, it is Good Friday since on this day, Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, willingly subjected Himself to be handed over and to be crucified. A paradox: He who is the Author and Source of Life was condemned to die by persons whom He shared life with. A paradox that is only possible in God. Second, it is Good because Jesus, the only Son of God bore the cross and endured to the very end. Even if life becomes troublesome and will seemingly bog us down, we can still rise and continue for Jesus gave us the example of patient and loving endurance. Third and more importantly, it is Good since Jesus, Word made flesh, triumphed over sin and death. By His very death, evil - sin - death lost its sting. Jesus triumphed!

So as we participate in the Liturgy this afternoon, as we come before the crucified image of Jesus and venerate the wood of the cross, may we remind ourselves that the ultimate symbolism of the cross and the crucified Lord is that of LOVE. And may we follow Him, to love till the very end. Amen.


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