March 30, 2018 Good Friday
Gospel: Jn 18: 1- 19: 42
I am the Fulfillment
Today’s gospel marks the fulfillment of the what the Lord has said. In the previous gospel it says, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus passion is full of emotions and events happening side by side: betrayal, denial, anguish, pain, sorrow and hope. At the end of the day, we can be witnesses of the fulfillment of the words of the Lord. In the beginning of the gospel, Jesus said twice the word, “I am.” when the soldiers responded to Him to whom they were looking for. Moreover, he emphasized it with the phrases, “I told you I am”. At this moment, we can greatly admire Jesus selflessness to tell the people who he is and later carrying the heavy cross and at the end be crucified.
In this passionate day of the Lord, we can deepen on what are the ways in which Jesus is inviting us to suffer with Him, in braving the storms of our life with him… Do we share our sufferings with Him? Or do we bear it alone and hide it for some reason? What are the concrete situations that Jesus is trying to challenge us to bravely share it to him face to face?
Let us ask for His mercy to show us the way and light, that we may also share and carry our own sufferings bravely like what He did just to save us.
Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.