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This Friday Makes the Whole World Good
Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier

Posted on 04/10/2009 9:50:55 AM PDT by tcg

In one of his encounters with the Pharisees we read these words of Jesus, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:18) At first they may seem enigmatic, yet upon prayerful reflection they provide a framework for scratching the surface of the mystery which the whole world pauses to recall on Good Friday.

In Jesus Christ we see the human face of God, “Good” Incarnate revealed in the purity of a love which no man or woman could ever see until His Incarnation. In His great voluntary gift of Himself which culminates in his ascent of the New Altar of the New Covenant, the Second Tree of the New Creation, the Cross/Throne of the King of Kings, we encounter Good. We behold the Beauty of Divine Love given for the whole world. We see God with a human face.

There is a paragraph in the Second Vatican Councils’ document on the Church (GS 22) which opens the mystery and meaning of the Saving Incarnation, Life, Suffering, Death and bodily Resurrection of this God made man, Jesus Christ. It can draw us to our knees in worship and motivate us in our effort to respond to our Baptismal vocation. Today we see Love lifted up from the earth drawing all men and women, fulfilling His promise (John 12:32). In His dying we find the power to live. We find our life’s meaning and mission, to continue His redemptive mission until he comes again to complete the work of Redemption. On that great Day we will be raised bodily and dwell forever in a new heaven and new earth.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: crucifixion; goodfriday; holiness; resurrection
This Cross of Our Savior frees us from the power of sin, transforms death into a friend and incorporates us into the communion of Trinitarian love which begins in our life in the Church.
1 posted on 04/10/2009 9:50:55 AM PDT by tcg
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2 posted on 04/10/2009 11:08:55 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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