Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday -Holy Week

BEADS OF JOY 04-18-14
“Good Friday -Holy Week”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today's Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
John 18:1-14 (Jesus is Arrested)
John 18:15-18 (Peter’s First Denial)
John 18:19-24 (The Inquiry before Annas)
John 18:25-27 (Peter Denies Jesus Again)
John 18:28-19:16 (The Trial Before Pilate)
John 19:17-30 (The Crucifixion of Jesus)
John 19:31-37 (The Blood and Water)
John 19:38-42 (The Burial of Jesus)

My Friends,
Today is one of the saddest days in all the world. An innocent man, God's one and only Son is going to be killed, put to the slaughter and wrongfully labeled as guilty. It is on this day that Jesus will be condemned, make His way with His cross, and then die upon that same cross. Think of this, a meditation for today, I heard on the radio on the way home from work, they said: "God is so strong that they can pierce nails through His hands and feet and kill Him and He can still save the world." I thought it was pretty cool to share that. For Jesus has taken on the sins of the whole world to save our souls. "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:1-3. Many tears will be shed today; while many of us stare at the cross in silence pondering the events that have taken place on this day. We need to put ourselves in His midst as it occurred. Think about it. I have a link in this blog for The Stations of The Cross meditation that I enjoy sharing.
If we had the chance to be at the foot of the cross moments before Jesus died, knowing what we know; what would you say to Him? I like working outside the box in many of my own meditations. I am so glad I am able to share a new refreshing way; that you too can pray and meditate the Mysteries of the Rosary, the Stations of The Cross, and many other the events in Jesus' life. I'll share first: I would be down on my knees before the cross. I would be doing my best to catch eye contact with my Lord. I know I would be crying, but my tears, because I know what I know, would be tears of joy; anticipating Joyful tears.
Then I might say this to Jesus,
”Please Lord, forgive me for my sins, my horrible selfishness, also please forgive me for ever offending You. I know Lord I am so unworthy of any this forgiveness; but I know by Your death all of us are made clean and acceptable before God through You. I am ever grateful for such a love as Yours. I offer my life fully and completely to You. I seek nothing in this life Lord, except to serve You, by sharing Your Love, Your Joy, Your Goodness, and Your story and most lovingly Your Mother with everyone I possibly can. Please Lord I ask for Your blessings as I forge forward spreading the gospel. I really really really love you so much my Jesus, you are the absolute center of my whole life, I have died to the wasted pleasures, joys and hobbies of this world, because I do not want to waste a single moment away from You. Thank you for always being there for me and my family and my friends. Amen.”
Today is the day we pray the Stations of the Cross. I strongly encourage you to spend some of your own personal prayer time with our Lord through the meditations of the stations with our Lady. Might I suggest you consider using a version of meditations that I wrote back in 2010…
The events that will unfold today are as follows: Good Friday
-Second trial before the Sanhedrin
-Suicide of Judas
-Christ is brought to Pilate
-The Jews charge Christ with sedition
-Pilate questions Christ privately
-The Jews repeat their accusations
-Christ is sent to Herod
-Pilate declares Christ's innocence
-Christ or Barabbas
-Pilate washes his hands
-Christ is condemned and scourged
-He is mocked by the soldiers
-The Jews demand that He be crucified
-Pilate again questions Christ privately
-The Jews repeat their demand
-The Way of The Cross
-The Crucifixion
-Christ is offered wine and gall on the cross
-His garments are divided
-The inscription on the cross
-Christ is insulted on the cross
-The good thief
-Mary and John at the foot of the cross
-Darkness over the earth
-The death of Christ
-Marvelous happenings
-The centurion and the disciples on Calvary
-The piercing of Christ's side
So what have we learned through Lent, oh do you want me to answer that first. Oh OK, if you insist, LOL: Relationships !!! (family, friends, neighbors, fellow workers, those at church, and those we haven't met yet.) It’s all about OTHERS
I recommend that you to write a daily journal; maybe of the people that have been part of your life, as far back as you can remember. I am doing just that and it is bringing back so many really wonderful blessed memories.
Today’s Challenge: Give Jesus one hour of your time today, being silent before the Cross. For it is by the Cross that we are brought face to face with our Lord’s suffering. Even simply holding and looking lovingly at the Christ Crucified. Once hour of silence before our Lord will speak volumes of love to your heart…give it a try.

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And His Most Blessed Mother,
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