The Bible: The Power of Rebirth

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

Reflection on the Gospel

of the Good Friday Of The Passion Of the Lord

John 18:1-19:42

We have heard this passion narrative every Palm Sunday and on Good Friday. The narrative brings to life the various scenes of the story, from the betrayal by Judas, the outright denial by one of his closest disciples, the long and humiliating trial before the Jewish authorities and Pilate and his ultimate death. Even though he was not found guilty, he was punished and sacrificed for us. 

Jesus thirsted for the Church to be born and worked hard to bring the good news to all. He willingly accepted the worst and most shameful punishment of the times, as a proof of his love for us; he was the lamb without blemish who was sacrificed for the atonement of our sins. He gave his spirit on the cross after accomplishing the task given to him by his Father. 

At the Cross, Christ gave us the gift of his mother and the gift of the Church, to be born again of water and Spirit.

We reflect on this very significant event which is the core of our faith, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, the triumph of Good over evil, the victory of life over Death. What is that one small thing that we can do to contribute to the strengthening and spreading of God’s Kingdom, as we look forward to God’s glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. Jesus has made his new covenant with us, are we also willing to walk with him?

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