Good Friday is about so much more than feeling sorry

 
Good Friday, based on Psalm 31

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.

Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord.

I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities,

and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.

For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.

I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.

For I hear the whispering of many— terror all around!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord, for I call on you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.

Let the lying lips be stilled that speak insolently against the righteous with pride and contempt.

O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!

In the shelter of your presence you hide them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues.

Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege.

I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.” But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help.

Love the Lord, all you his saints. The Lord preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

4 thoughts on “Good Friday is about so much more than feeling sorry

  1. Jim, this Good Friday Teaching has touched me deeply….how profound, and soul searching. I what a grace I have received in this message. Personally the content leaves me with to bring to prayer and reflection……not just for today Good Friday but again and again. .a great teaching to which I must give heed , prayer and response.

    Thanks you for this, Jim ,
    and for all your teachings
    You continue to me in my heart and prayers..you are never forgotten.

    Easter Blessings in abundance

    Annne

     
  2. Thank You for your gift of Holy Preaching and the grace to become one with Jesus in mind, heart and spirit.

    Blessings and deep peace,
    Brigid, OP

     
  3. Jim, this offering for consideration is a grace to break open in silence today. You have anointed my wound with healing – the next steps are mine. Thanks for your HOLY PREACHING.Pat

     
  4. Thank you for this very thought provoking reflection which has offered me
    a far reaching and much deeper way of ‘being’ on Good Friday.
    Blessings on your Easter

     

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