Today, is Good Friday.
We know what happened today. Jesus was crucified for us today.
And we know what it means. It means that our sins are forgiven because of his ultimate sacrifice.
In the Eleventh Station, Jesus is nailed to the Cross. He is beaten and wearing a crown of thorns and then his hands and feet are nailed through and to the Cross. Close your eyes and imagine nails going through your palms.
Then in the Twelfth Station, Jesus dies. He gives his spirit to the father and dies. After all his pain and suffering, after the jeering of the people before him and the cries of his mother, not wanting to put us through the pain of losing him, he dies.
It's this simple yet incredible act that makes today so important.
But it's more than that. This is our faith. Our entire faith is based on this one moment; when Jesus died for our sins. When he died for you and you only. That's what you say you believe in when you call yourself Christian or Catholic or Protestant or Baptist or whatever you say that you are.
Yes, we believe in the Resurrection as well of course and that is huge in our faith as well. But nothing of anything else could have ever happened if Jesus did not die first.
So the mission of today is simple. Don't let today pass by you. Think on this today. Pray with this today. Thank Jesus for dying for you. It only takes a second. Maybe take a few seconds during the day and thank him a whole bunch of times. We could never thank him enough. Close your eyes and think about your own sins and shortcomings and thank God for wiping them clean for you on the Cross. Thank him for his patience. Thank him for giving us nothing less than his own Son. Today may be a busy or slow or mediocre day for you, but don't let it pass by without stopping for at least a moment and realizing what today means to us.
Because somewhere out there on this day in history and today and forever there is a man on a cross crying out your name and in his humility and humanity and divinity he is in love with you.
We adore you,
O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy
cross you have redeemed the world.