A thought for Good Friday

Today as we contemplate Christ crucified we touch the hem of ‘the mystery of his divine life’.

Jesus’s whole life, his way of dealing with the poor, his actions, his integrity, his simple daily acts of generosity, and finally his complete self-giving, is precious and reveals the mystery of his divine life’. (Evangelii Gaudium, Par. 265)

Pope Francis is alert to the scriptural and spiritual danger of separating the crucifixion of Jesus from the course of his ministry. Elsewhere in the Exhortation he says that ‘Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is nothing else than the culmination of the way he lived his entire life’.

Put to death for what Francis calls the ‘divine preference for the poor’, marginalised and outcast that he preached and practiced, Jesus continually gave of himself until it culminated in ‘his complete self-giving on the cross’. In today’s Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John we hear how the soldiers did not tear his tunic because it ‘was seamless, woven in one piece from the top’. (19:23).

This is a beautiful image for ‘Jesus’ whole life’. It also indicates his integrity in being faithful to the will of the Father. Today as we contemplate Christ crucified we touch the hem of ‘the mystery of his divine life’.