Friday 18th April – Good Friday
Reflection: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
LIVING FOR CHRIST
Today is Good Friday, a day on which we call to mind the passion of Christ. It is important that we take time to reflect on how we are living our lives. Christ died for us on the cross of Calvary that we may be saved. Through His love and mercy, He has brought us into an era of grace. The Bible records in Isaiah 53:12 that “he willingly gave his life and shared the fate of evil men. He took the place of many sinners and prayed that they might be forgiven”.
Brethren, the Easter triduum (the three days preceding Easter Sunday) give us a wonderful opportunity to ponder upon and celebrate the essence of Christ’s death in our lives. We are called to forsake all evil ways, every form of unrighteousness, take up our cross and follow the path for which Christ has led.
Let us today, take time to examine ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to bring to our awareness those areas of our lives that reflect ingratitude for Christ’s sacrifice. Let us determine never to go back to these sinful habits again for indeed we can be holy as our heavenly father is holy if we sincerely ask Him for the grace to be holy. There shall be no excuse for any Christian after the death of Christ who fails to attain eternal life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to always keep your passion in mind that I may obtain the grace of holiness.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 95 – Why did Jesus choose the date of the Jewish feast of Passover for his death and Resurrection?
Jesus chose the Passover feast of his people Israel as a symbol for what was to happen through his death and Resurrection. As the people Israel were freed from slavery to Egypt, so Christ frees us from the slavery of sin and the power of death. [571-573]
…He celebrated the Paschal feast with his disciples. During this feast, he made himself the sacrificial Lamb. “For Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor 5:7), so as to establish once and for all the definitive reconciliation between God and mankind
HIDE A TREASURE: “When he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” Hebrews 5:9 GNB
Readings for today: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 31: 2, 6, 12-17, 25; Hebrews 4: 14-16, 5: 7-9; John 18:1- 19:42