Easter Triduum Reflections Good Friday, Picking up your Check

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Easter Triduum Reflections Good Friday, Picking up your Check

While the Easter Vigil of Holy Sat­ur­day is the biggest mass of the year Good Fri­day is the most solemn day in the Chris­t­ian Cal­en­dar, it is when it comes down to it not just the Rea­son for the Sea­son of Lent, but it’s the rea­son for every­thing, but because it is so solemn we some­times don’t really appre­ci­ate what it means, so here is an expla­na­tion that I think hits the nail on the head.

Pic­ture the day you got your 1st credit card (I got mine in 1981 to buy a VCR for $500) or your 1st loan and remem­ber that 1st time when you were respon­si­ble for your own bills.

Now pic­ture the 1st time you got a bill that you had to pay but were short, remem­ber how wor­ried you were, how embar­rassed you were, how hor­ri­ble the thought of that debt had become and pour­ing your heart out about it to a friend who then sud­denly takes that bill and says: “I’ll get that but be care­ful next time.”

Now pic­ture that some­one doing that every time that hap­pens for the rest of your life. That’s what Christ does for you today, but not just for you, pic­ture Christ doing that for every sin­gle man and woman who ever lived.

How much blood sweat and tears would such a man have to expend to do this?

That answer is given every good Fri­day and is why the movie the Pas­sion of the Christ is so painful to watch. In every blow, every gash, every bit of pain and every drop of blood Christ is looks at us and our sins and says with­out com­plaint and says: “I’ll get that.”

May we appre­ci­ate that sac­ri­fice for what it is and pur­suant to the Lenten sea­son just ended repent. Even more impor­tantly may we have the wis­dom to avoid the Devil’s pride­ful trap urg­ing us to reject Christ’s sac­ri­fice and say: “No I’ve got this.”

While the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday is the biggest mass of the year Good Friday is the most solemn day in the Christian Calendar, it is when it comes down to it not just the Reason for the Season of Lent, but it’s the reason for everything, but because it is so solemn we sometimes don’t really appreciate what it means, so here is an explanation that I think hits the nail on the head.

Picture the day you got your 1st credit card (I got mine in 1981 to buy a VCR for $500) or your 1st loan and remember that 1st time when you were responsible for your own bills.

Now picture the 1st time you got a bill that you had to pay but were short, remember how worried you were, how embarrassed you were, how horrible the thought of that debt had become and pouring your heart out about it to a friend who then suddenly takes that bill and says: “I’ll get that but be careful next time.”

Now picture that someone doing that every time that happens for the rest of your life. That’s what Christ does for you today, but not just for you, picture Christ doing that for every single man and woman who ever lived.

How much blood sweat and tears would such a man have to expend to do this?

That answer is given every good Friday and is why the movie the Passion of the Christ is so painful to watch. In every blow, every gash, every bit of pain and every drop of blood Christ is looks at us and our sins and says without complaint and says: “I’ll get that.”

May we appreciate that sacrifice for what it is and pursuant to the Lenten season just ended repent. Even more importantly may we have the wisdom to avoid the Devil’s prideful trap urging us to reject Christ’s sacrifice and say: “No I’ve got this.”