April 19, 2019: Good Friday C
As we behold the suffering of Jesus on the Cross, we recall how Blessed Mother followed Jesus closely in sorrow and prayer along the Way of the Cross. She was at the place of crucifixion ahead of everyone else, consoling Jesus. She looked for the disciples of Jesus, those he called to follow him. Only John arrived at Calvary to witness the completion of Jesus’ mission. John had first run away like the others, but he overcame his weakness and made his way back to Blessed Mother through the Via Dolorosa. Standing with Blessed Mother, John found love, strength, and peace that sustained his own faith. From the Cross, Jesus entrusted John to his mother and then his own mother to John. They heard Jesus say from the Cross, “I thirst.” That cry was the cry of God who thirsted to love us and to receive our love.
When we look around our world, there are many who reject Jesus. There have been times we have strayed like sheep in our own weakness. We have a savior, yet many do not trust Him. Perfect love casts out fear. Through Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion--an act of perfect love--the fears and doubts we feel about God’s love for us are cast out. When our hearts get weary from sufferings of this world, we need to imitate Blessed Mother and John and look to the Cross and see the love poured out by Our Lord. “Behold, behold, the wood of the Cross. On which in hung our salvation. O come, let us adore.”