« The suffering, crucifixion and death of Christ on the cross presents us with a God who becomes one of us and who came not to abolish suffering, but to give a new vision, a new approach to suffering and death. »
Good Friday introduces us to the Passion of Christ Jesus (his suffering, death and burial). As we meditate on christ’s Passion according to St. John (Jn. 18:1 – 19:42), we see God’s unwavering Love for Man. The Lord Jesus willingly and freely went to his passion. That our actions always correspond to what we must do and not to what corresponds to others. Jesus stands with dignity during his arrest and interrogation. We witness here the trial of the Old Testament represented by the high priest Caiaphas and the New Testament represented by Jesus…
The suffering, the crucifixion and the death of Christ on the cross, presents us with a God who becomes one of us and who came not to abolish suffering, but to give a new vision, a new approach to suffering and death. With this, we discipline Christ, we must help those who suffer: man, woman and child to offer their suffering, their pain, their anguish, all their existential difficulty to the suffering Servant described by the Prophet Isaiah 53 so that He may associate them with his suffering on the cross and transform them into light and peace for everyone.
Christ died for us when we were still sinners, so let us banish in us the prejudices, judgments and condemnations, stigmatization and discrimination we have towards the weak, the left behind, some sick, such as those infected with HIV, COVID, etc. We must be Simons of Cyrene, Veronicas in order to go against the tide of society. Like Mother Theresa of Calcutta, we must assist the abandoned sick, those who die alone in their homes, in hospitals or on the streets.
Christ has accepted an infamous death, He does not defend himself, He lets it happen. The Cross of Christ shows us that Love is stronger than hatred and death. The Way of the Cross is a way of resurrection and life. The Mystery of the Passion, our salvation must be lived intensely on this Good Friday. It is the total realization of God’s Love for mankind. Jesus teaches us that there is no greater Love than to lay down one’s life for others. Would we be able to take such a path for God and for neighbor?
Good luck towards Easter to each and every one of us.
Passion of Christ strengthens us!
Ms ZONGO OUEDRAOGO Félicienne
President of ABE (Burkina Faso)