Scripture Reflections for Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Year B, Lectionary 40

As Jesus hanged on the cross we are meant to meditate on this event. On how we contribute to his crucifixion with our actions of hate and with our failure to act for justice. On how God willingly came to serve us all the way to the cross, all the while offering love and forgiveness. We all journey to the cross with Jesus but we can either be condemning him, preoccupied with his possessions, or at the side of the cross with him.

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Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:1-12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-40, 19:1-42

“He is looking for those who are going to stop and lend their hearts, their souls, the whole of their being to the project at hand which is to bring healing to the whole human race”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | March 29, 2024

“if Jesus' body is the temple and the side of his body from which the blood and water flows point us to the side of the temple mount, then where is the altar? Right? Well, the altar then would be his sacred heart.”

Catholic Productions | "The Blood & Water from the Side of Christ" | Brant Pitre | April 11, 2017

“he says 'come to me. Come to me naked and unashamed. Come to me completely as you are because you were made in my image. And you are mine and I love you.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Naked on the Cross" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | April 7, 2023

“one of the signs we may need to look to is 'words may be great but silence is golden'”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | April 7, 2023

“if you want this Church to be around long after I'm gone, he's gone, you're gone, we got to show that love for each other and build up this faith family”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "Guilt" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | April 2, 2021

“the greek word 'basileia' usually translated as 'kingdom' does not refer to a particular geographical or political entity that we could locate on a is rather an authority under which people live”

"None of his bones shall be broken" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | April 11, 2022

“many experienced thirst, hunger and lack of basic needs but knowing that we were persecuted because of our belief gave us power and hope in the Cross”

Catholic Women Preach | Luma Khuder, OP | April 14, 2017

“In Jesus Christ, God invites us to join in his mission of love by standing close to those in pain and suffering. By bearing with them their silent cries, their cross, their darkness and by joining in their fight against injustice and abuse”

Catholic Women Preach | Karolin Kuhn SSND | April 13, 2019

“Who among us hasn't needed a friend to wipe our faces clean of the blood and the sweat and the tears that we sometimes shed?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston MA | Fr. Eric Immel, SJ | April 15, 2022

“And when our standard is built upon mercy, is built upon grace, gold can run out, mercy cannot. Dollars can be burnt away but grace is eternal.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | April 10, 2020

“Good Friday is clearly about deep, faithful, steadfast, merciful love. Jesus shows us how to love. To love like God. Jesus' whole life and ministry and death show us how to love. The question is what do we do with so great a love?”

Catholic Women Preach | Joan S. Dawber, SC | March 31, 2020

“That's the message of the day for us. To stand as the women stood and to speak as Joseph of Arimathea spoke”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Deacon Timothy E. Tilghman | April 15, 2022

“The Son of God in all his glory came all the way down into our humiliation, into our physical suffering, into our fear of that now we know even in our worst fears that we are accompanied by the divine love”

"The Cross" | Bishop Robert Barron | April 15, 2022

“Love is a very scary thing, people of God. It opens you and I up. It heals. It breaks down the toughest barrier. It's something that always is a balm, not a bomb, but a balm. We can rub into any situation that is impossible. It helps us to find perspective and healing”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | April 10, 2020

“Don't domesticate the cross. Don't turn the cross into a harmless pious religious symbol but let it display itself in all of its judging and taunting and finally liberating power”

Bishop Robert Barron | April 10, 2020

“If the cross means all the negativity we can imagine, it means the limit of suffering, it means the limit of sin, it means all of human dysfunction, Jesus took that on and then broke its power”

Bishop Robert Barron | April 3, 2021
Overall Readings

“The ruler of this world has been vanquished and Jesus the sacrificial Lamb of God has won this victory on the cross. He has taken away the sin of the world.”

"It is finished" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | March 18, 2024

“He resisted the dehumanization of this system by recognizing each person as being made in the image and likeness of his beloved Abba and he acted accordingly. For him, this was God’s law written on his heart and his life testified to this truth.”

Catholic Women Preach | Leslye Colvin | March 29, 2024

“our God speaks through the silence. Did you notice how many times in St. John’s Passion that Jesus was silent before his accusers?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | March 29, 2024

“Were you there when love costs everything? What is the cost of true love? A question asked on this Good Friday. What is genuine 'no holds barred' passion?”

Catholic Women Preach | Sr. Melinda Adrienne Pellerin, ssj | April 7, 2023

“through our sin we were there. Through our love for God we were there. Yes, even through our ongoing connection as the body of Christ we were there when they crucified our Lord.”

Fr. Tony Ricard | April 7, 2023

“Good Friday reminds us that Jesus' life exemplified just actions and the love for everyone especially the least of these”

Catholic Women Preach | Kimberly Lymore | March 30, 2018

“I walk in the promise that by his stripes we are healed. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so for we are truly not just a Good Friday people. We are Easter redeemed people.”

Catholic Women Preach | Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA | April 15, 2022

“Isaiah's imagery holds us because the Servant's suffering is our suffering too. In it we can feel seen, validated, embraced by this key text of salvation history”

Catholic Women Preach | María Teresa (MT) Dávila | April 2, 2021