Today is Good Friday. And Jesus teaches me even from the cross.
Last week at Adoration I noticed that our crucifix actually has the right hand of Jesus with the two fingers up as in many icons and holy images that depict Jesus teaching. This got me reflecting on how especially from the cross Jesus has some things to teach me.
Jesus teaches me to forgive.
While on the cross Jesus says. “Father forgive them they know not what they do.” Luke 23: 34. To be Jesus’ disciple I need to forgive those who have wronged me. Through Him it is possible to forgive even the gravest wrong. If I have bitterness or hard feelings about anyone or anything I need to pray about that.
Jesus teaches me that Mary is my mother too.
John 19: 26-27. “Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother’.” Here we are the disciple. Jesus has given Mary to us as our Mother too. We have a very Marian spirituality in our home. We learn so much from Mary and seek her prayers and intersession often. The Rosary has been such an important part of our prayer life and has had an enormous hand in bringing me closer to Christ himself. I guess we all need a mothers love at times and Jesus knew that.
Jesus teaches… ” I Thirst.”
I will never forget my visit to the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s order) in Baltimore where they have a home for men with AIDS. On the walls of the convent everywhere there were the words “I thirst.” John 28. From those two simple words they are constantly reminded of how Jesus suffered. They see Jesus in those they serve today and so must I. In these words Jesus teaches me to have compassion for those who are suffering, and when I serve them, I also serve Jesus.
Jesus teaches me to ask for forgiveness because God is merciful.
“Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:42. These are the words of one of the criminals crucified beside Jesus. Jesus answered him ” Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” When I need God’s forgiveness I just need to ask for it and trust in His abundant mercy. This is the good part of Good Friday. Jesus saves us today and redeems all of eternity! He says, “It is finished.” John 19: 30.