OFFICE FOR THE LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE
GOOD FRIDAY 2012
Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi
Jesus tells us: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross each day and follow me”. This is an invitation addressed to everyone: to those who are married and those who are single, to young people, adults and the elderly, to the rich and poor, and to people of every nationality. It is also meant for every family, for its individual members and for the little community as a whole.
Before entering upon his final sufferings, Jesus, in the Garden of Olives, left alone by his sleeping Apostles and fearful of what awaited him, turned to his Father and asked: “If it is possible, let this chalice pass from me”. Yet he immediately added: “Not my will, but yours be done”.
In that dramatic and solemn moment, a profound lesson is offered to all those who choose to follow him. As with each individual Christian, so each family has its own way of the cross, marked by sickness, death, financial troubles, poverty, betrayal, wrongdoing, clashes with relatives, natural disasters.
Yet each Christian, each family, in walking this path of sorrows, can look resolutely to Jesus, man and God.
Together let us enter once more into Jesus’ final experience on earth, an experience received from the Father’s hands: an experience both sorrowful and sublime, one in which Jesus distilled the most precious lessons of his life and teaching. In this way we can learn to live our own lives fully, on the model of his own.
The Holy Father:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray.
A moment of silence follows
These sufferings were gathered up in your mysterious cry
Jesus, you seem a twilight God:
That cry, human and divine,
An event which saves us:
Our thirst to be conformed to you
Then as now,
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