Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Reading 2, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel, John 18:1–19:42
Today we reflect on what can be considered the pinnacle of Christ’s life. His death set us free, as He took upon himself the sins of all the world for all of time.
This was the very reason he came down from Heaven and was born in the humblest of ways: all the power of God in a newborn infant. What a life He lived. From that moment of birth, we follow His journey. He grew in knowledge, wisdom, and maturity until His ministry began. He then performed incredible miracles as he cured the most dire of physical ailments, even death. He performed even greater miracles as he forgave those who sinned against Him and The Father. He preached unceasingly to as many as He could so that The Word would reach everyone. He received much cruelty and doubt, and responded with Love, all the while teaching us the way we ought to live.
Then, despite knowing the cruelty he would endure, He still thirsted for us so much that He gave himself to us in the breaking of the bread, so that we could remain in communion with him. Through much distress but in total sacrificial love, and in submission to The Father’s will, He suffered for our transgressions. He united us to His sacred body forever by giving it up for us on the cross. His purpose finally was perfectly fulfilled; His journey, finished.
It is an impossible life to imitate, but one we are called to strive towards all the same. As we reflect on Christ’s incredible journey and prepare for the celebration we know is coming, let us all take the time to consider whether we are truly appreciative of all the Christ did for us. Let us reflect on how we can choose to make the best use of this great gift today and everyday, until our own journeys are finished.