Jesus willingly enters into His Passion for the salvation of mankind. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Sacrifice so he can heroically sacrifice to build Christ’s Holy Catholic Church and by seeking the Gift of Piety from the Holy Spirit so he can have a deep personal contrition when he denies God in his life. 

Liturgy

Holy Week – Friday – The Passion of Our Lord – Jn 18:1-19:42

Commentary

Anticipated from the Fall in Eden and coming into glorious reality on Good Friday, God’s Divine Mercy is released in The Passion of Christ (Latin, passionem, meaning, “suffering”, “enduring”). As a Divine Person, His suffering is infinite in worth, far surpassing the accumulated cost of all mankind’s sins across time. Jesus’ sacrificial choice to do the Father’s will establishes the New Covenant in which men who repent, are baptized, and ardently adhere to the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, are saved and will enjoy eternal life with God in Heaven.

The Incarnation is Jesus’ deliberate pilgrimage to the Cross and Jesus retains complete control: Jesus anticipates His Passion and goes to Jerusalem to meet it; Jesus does not avoid capture as He so easily did multiple times (Lk 4:30, Jn 7:45); Jesus knows Judas has betrayed Him but does not retreat; Jesus’ utterance of the Holy Name (“I AM”; Jn 18:5) knocks several hundred soldiers to the ground; though He easily defeats His enemies in every verbal debate throughout the Gospels, Jesus does not debate the Jewish leadership or Pilate; though He has the power to quell raging storms and raise the dead, He does not resist beating, mocking, scourging, or the Crucifixion; He declares victory from the Cross (“My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” is a shorthand reference to the total victory of Psalm 22); before dying, Jesus declares, “It is accomplished” (Jn 19:30).

Jesus’ accomplishment on the Cross is astounding: He drinks the 4th Cup of His Passover, which began at the Last Supper, establishing the Eucharist; His Kingdom is established; His Holy Catholic Church is established and will convert and save multitudes of people from eternal death; His enemies’ defeat is complete as Satan is defeated, death is defeated, the Jewish leadership/Temple sacrificial system will fall in 70 A.D., and the Roman Empire is converted to Christianity in 312 A.D. Jesus’ accomplishment in His Passion surpasses every human imagining or endeavor.

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Be astounded at Jesus, the Divine Priest, as He established the Sacrament of the Eucharist, an idea that no man could conceive or achieve: Person of the Trinity, He establishes the Passover ritual which was rigorously observed for 1200 years in preparation for His Passion; He conceives of the astounding idea to feed mankind across millennia with His Glorified Body and Blood in the Eucharist; He heroically becomes the sacrificial Lamb of God to offer every willing soul the opportunity for salvation; He continues to be truly present in every parish Tabernacle, and allows men to be in actual union with God in the Eucharist.

Heroically sacrifice to build Christ’s Holy Catholic Church

Realize: On this Good Friday, consider the necessity for every Catholic man to sacrifice himself in faith to build Christ’s Holy Catholic Church. 

Believe: Reflect upon the stunning and saving sacrifice of Christ’s Passion (CCC 599-630).

Pray: Jesus, Lamb of God, help me build the Virtue of Sacrifice (a part of Justice) so I continually seek to imitate You by making small and large sacrifices to build Your Kingdom.

Have deep contrition when you deny God

Realize: Peter, personally formed by Jesus for three years, spectacularly failed Him during the Passion; it is not surprising that every Catholic man denies Jesus in some way each day. 

Believe: Reflect upon Peter’s Denial (CCC 1429, 1851).

Pray: Holy Spirit, give me the Gift of Piety so I feel deep sorrow and contrition when I deny You and help me long to receive the forgiveness of Christ in the Sacrament of Penance.