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So marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and His form beyond that of the sons of man.

Dcn. Gerard AlmeidaNativity of Our LordApril 4, 2021
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Today, we commemorate the lowest day in human history, the day mankind killed God.

Because of sin, we turned away from god and each in our own way cried out “CRUCIFY HIM”.

However, through the eyes of salvation history these are the greatest days, when God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Jesus the christ, His only begotten Son, died for us.

Today--Good Friday--is the most solemn day in the calendar of the church.

We are reminded today of our humanity and what that means.

At the beginning of our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, we were all told:

"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

This proclamation was not a threat. It was a reminder of our mortality and humility in the presence of the divine.

Today we must also face a reality of our Christian lives.

This is the day we meditate on the Cross of Jesus.

This is called Good Friday for a reason, where we see the surpassing and undeserved goodness of God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

A cruel device of torture and death--a Cross--for us is no longer a symbol of shame. Even if we are part of the crowd--we can look at the Cross and know that it is an instrument of God's victory over death.

While we have listened to the narrative of the Passion of Our Lord, I would also like us to take the time to focus on verses 13 & 14 of our first reading from Isaiah: -

See, my servant shall prosper;    he shall be exalted and lifted up,    and shall be very high.

 Just as there were many who were astonished at him    —so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,    and his form beyond that of the sons of man—

Think about that.

—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,    and his form beyond that of the sons of man—

Hollywood has tried in vain to give us a sense of the brutal beating Our Lord and Savior underwent but am sure that it falls short of what really happened to Jesus.

This cross that we gaze upon this Good Friday tells us that Jesus Christ--God incarnate--God made flesh and dwelt amongst us --loves us all...

UNCONDITIONALLY.

Now as we mourn the death of our Savior, we go to wait in the hallowed silence of Holy Saturday, contemplating this goodness of God and our own sinfulness.

Let us be like Peter, who after denying Christ three times and abandoning him when forth and wept bitterly tears of repentance.

Let us also turn back from our sins and race to the empty tomb on Easter morning to share in the eternal joy of our salvation through the Glory of Jesus’ Resurrection!

We may be part of the crowd, but by being here today--on Good Friday-- we also witness God's glory and power in the Cross. 

We recognize something much more important - the DIVINE MERCY of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

God bless you all.