IS 52:13—53:12; PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; HEB 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Reflection: Our Savior did not come as a King, but as a humble child. He was not born into a family of greatness, but a family of reverence for God. As Isaiah reminds us, “there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him.” And yet, He was destined for greatness. “We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.” Today we remember Him and praise Him for His sacrifice, as He was “oppressed and condemned,” yet He was without blemish. Because of His sacrifice and His suffering, He is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” As we remember our Lord’s suffering, let us wed our suffering to His and give thanks for the glory of heaven that He has provided for us.
Reflection for younger saints: Today we remember that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Today is called Good Friday because while we are sad that Jesus had to die, we are thankful for His death because it makes it so that we can be with Him in heaven one day.
Big Picture: We are saved through Jesus’ suffering.
Younger saints: What is the special name for today? Why do we call it Good Friday when it is the day we remember Jesus’ death on the cross?
Older saints: Take some special time today to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and how we remember that sacrifice and that gift every time we receive His body and His blood in the Eucharist. Choose one of the 5 sorrowful mysteries to reflect on, or pray a decade, or pray a full Rosary today as a way to give thanks for the sacrifice and suffering of our Lord.
Fun Fact: Jesus is the Savior of the world. He is fully human and fully divine. He is both God and man.