Good Friday The Way of The Cross

Good Friday

The Way is shown clearly in the Gospel and most of all in the Way of the Cross

– leading to resurrection, new life and ascension, union with God in Christ.

Paul was very close to it when he said:

“I live, no not I, but Christ lives in me.”

Paul tells us that Jesus emptied himself.

He emptied himself of all egoism, of all anger, fear and anxiety,

of all human dignity in the sight of others.

He let go of everything and because he did so, he was fully taken up in union with his Father.

For us it has to be the same.

Our lives are so tied up with all kinds of concerns, desires, ambitions, fears and anxieties.

We need to remove these blocks and just let go.

To break down the barriers separating us from total union with the Source and Goal of all being. Living Space Good Friday – Gospel | Sacred Space.

Good Friday

John 18:1-19
1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.  15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.  19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. (John 18:1-19, New International Version)