Good Friday Vendredi Saint

“I came to bear witness to the Truth!”
Tuesday 7 April 2015 — Latest update Monday 29 January 2018

Is. 52, 13-53, 12 Ps. 30, He 4, 14-16 5,7 Jn.18, 1-19, 42

Good Friday Is.52,13-53,12 Ps.30 He.4,14-16,5,7 Jn.18,1-19,42 I came to bear witness to the Truth, said Jesus Jesus spoke publicly in synagogues and in the Temple, where the Hews would gather together. It was in the garden of Cebron that jesus was arrested by the cohort, teh guards led there by Judas. Then Judas disappered in the night anonymously. The cohorts and guards came with’lanterns and torches’, without seeing that it is Jesus, the ‘Light of the world.’ Jesus expresses a guard with a ‘Why ?’, but gets no answer. There is no accusation made against Jesus to justify the violenece inflicted upon him. He is innoncent and is condemned. Jesus is led to Caiphus’ abode in the pretorium by those who did’nt want to dirty themselves by eating the Passover. Thus it is Pilate who comes out to see them. Pilate called Jesus, saying to him ‘Are you the king of the Jews ?’ Jesus answered : ‘Are you saying this yourself or are others speaking like this about me ?’ Pilate said to him ‘So you are king ?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is you who said so, I am indeed king. I was born and came intot he world in order to bear witness to the truth. Whoever is of truth hears my voice. » What transpires behind the pain of the One sent by God is this Infinite Love of God. We see how Our Father says in silence : ‘This is my Beloved Son in whom I have placed all my Love ! » Jesus, the Saviour of the world, combats in order to save us, and is at the origin of a whole new Humanity. Behind the disfigured face of God, the greatest Tenderness of God is given to us. « Behold the man ! » When Jesus is whipped, crowned with thorns and humiliated, he is presented as being the ‘man’ in the crowd in the recital of St john’s Passion. When faced with Pilate, when condemned as being the ‘king of the Jews’, Jesus is a free man. He is ‘tied up’ by the Temple guards and by Roman soldiers. At his burial, Jesus is once again tied up in bandages, once again in a garden. Jesus shows the Truth, but the Jews take him for a blasphemer and condemn him to be stoned. We don’t take our gaze away from Jesus’ face in his agony, his face no longer has a human apperance : ‘Behold the man !’ said Pilate. It is the sad state of humanity plunged in a state of non-love. Jesus’ face, with his unbebarable crown of thorns is so painfully cut . Jesus is our King of Love and he lives a Passion of Love for his people. He will die for having spoken the Truth about himself, for having been foaithjful to hsi own person, to hsi identity and mission. He is the King of Love whose truth speaks by itself, if only we could hear it. « When I shall be raised from the earth I shall draw everything to myself ‘ said Jesus. If Peter denies himself to be a disciple of Jesus, the beloved Disciple loves to hear Jesus’ final Words, and he receives Jesus’ mother as his own mother, he bears witness to all these events. We can contemplate the power of the Love of Crucified Jesus and the judge of this world. In the sufferings of the Crucified Jesus with the spear into his side by the soldier, we are at the summit of God’s Infinite Love who saves the world. This Open Heart of Jesus is the mystery which will be recieved by John and by Mary at the foot of the Cross, as being the most brutal of any violence humanity could commit. When the Heart of Jesus will be transperced, the Blood and Water which flows forth from his Heart will bring a New divine Life to humanity at the prey of pain. Jesus draws everything to himself : ‘They will look upon the one they transperced.’ In a huge cry, Jesus will give again up his breath, the Holy Spirit. By his open Heart, the waters of Baptism,and the Blood of the Eucharist are the means we have to celebrate this New life. Beyond his disfigured aspect of his passion, Jesus is already glorified, he manifests a beauty which is completely an inner one. Henceforth it is the poor whom we come across who will be the ones who manifest it to us, for Beauty comes from the inside, they possess this inner beauty. We ask for the grace to enter more deeply into the mystery of Jesus the Poor one, from whom divine life shines forth.

Good Friday 25th March 2016

“I came to bear witness to the Truth.”

Is.52,13-53,12 Ps.30 He.4,14-16 5,7- Jn. 18,1-19,42

"Are you a king?’ said Pilate.

Jesus shows what the Truth is but the Jews take him for a blasphemer and condemn him to be stoned.

Jesus speaks to them about the works He has accomplished, the acts He gives credit to to God. He explains to them why He calls Himself ’Son of God.’ His adversaries cannot understand any of this language. Jesus speaks to them about his way, the commitment of his person, facts that make him known and loved, but all this is in vain. What Jesus is saying has a dimension of such widespread Love that they are unable to understand. The only ones who can understand the meaning of these words are the simple, little ones, for the Kingdom of God is hidden to the great and knowledgeable.

Pilate ’s job is to make sure there is order under his ruling, he is in difficulty with these high priests for whom Jesus must be crucified.

When Jesus is going through agony we don’t turn our eyes away from him. ’Pilate says ’Behold the man!’ It is the sad state of humanity without love, with its unbearable crown of pride that comes and tears Jesus’ face in such a painful way, for man doesn’t have a human face any more.

The Word of God is given to us so that we may enter into Jesus’ Truth, giving Life to us all. During Jesus’ Passion we listen attentively to it and we ask to receive Life from it.

“I came to bear witness to the Truth, said Jesus.”

Jesus will die for having spoken the Truth about himself, for having been faithful to his person, identity and mission. He is the King of Love whose truth speaks about itself, if we want to really listen to it.

’He must die for the salvation of all!’

Jesus bothers people, He is mysterious. He is a danger for those who have power! Jesus presents arguments they could accept, but He will die for having spoken the Truth about Himself

It is not the opinion of the High Priests, who dare to make surprising declarations : ’We don’t have any other King but Cesar!’

As for Pilate, he seeks to know what Jesus’ identity is. What is behind this pain, what appears and inundates it, is the crazy Love of God, the face of Our Father who from the top of the Cross tells us one more time : ’This is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I have placed all my Love.’ !

Jesus combats to save us, He is the Saviour of the world and will be at the origin of a whole new Humanity.

Behind the disfigured face of Jesus, the greatest Tenderness from God is given to us. Let us no more separate the beauty of the Cross from the washing of the feet, no longer separate the violence of His Passion from the Pasion of the torrent of Love descending from Our Father who comes down through the Heart of Jesus to care for us, look after us, heal us, save us! It is the Life of Love that we ought to come and seek at the foot of the Cross, let us draw nearer to it!

When I am raised above earth I shall draw all men to myself.

Once again Jesus’ Cross is raised up with all its strength. Like a true Standard, as the only reason :

’Oh admirable virtue of the Cross! Oh unspeakable glory of the Father!’ In it we can contemplate the judgement of the world and the power of the Crucified One. Jesus draws all things to Himself. In the sufferings of the Crucified Jesus, the breaking of the legs of the two crucified men with Him, and finally the piercing of his side by the soldier, we are at the apogee of the Infinite Love of God who saves the world.

This mystery will be received by John and Mary at the foot of the Cross as the most brutal expression of violence in humanity.

Jesus’ heart will be trans pierced, from it will flow water and Blood, giving a new Divine Life to humanity that is prey to sorrow.

Thus we are joined and saved from violence thanks to Jesus who is going to overcome evil with Good.

’They will look upon the one they pierced.’

In a great cry Jesus will give out his breath again, His Breath is the Holy Spirit.

By his open heart, the water of Baptism, the Blood of the Eucharist give us a new life.

Jesus is already glorified in His Passion, beyond his disfigured aspect, he manifests a Beauty which is all within Himself.

From now on it will be the poor we come across who will manifest it. Beauty comes from within ’It is so you will believe !’ will the Evangelist John say.

We ask for the grace to enter more into the mystery of Jesus who is poor, in whom divine Life shines .

Good Friday

“So then, you are a King?” said Pilate.

Jesus is indeed a King of Love who undergoes his Passion of Love for His people. But where do you come from? Pilate says to him. We know about the responses from the high priests: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” The jealousy of the high priests is going to spread out over Jesus’ origins and the Power Jesus has. It will be one of the difficulties for Pilate who has to make sure order reigns. For the high priests, Jesus must be put to death at all costs. “He has to die for the salvation of all!” Jesus bothers people. He is mysterious since He threatens power . In fact, just one thing is important for Jesus : the Truth. “I came to bear witness to the Truth.” The Word of God is given to us so that we may enter into the Truth of Jesus who gives his Life for us. We listen to this Truth lovingly during this Passion of Jesus and we ask that it be given in our lives.

“I came to bear witness to Truth,”says Jesus. In the Passion according to St. John, the Evangelist places the accent on Jesus’ identity : He is the King of Love whose Truth speaks of itself and we want to listen to it . But this is not the opinion of the high priests who dare to make astounding declarations : “We don’t have any other King but Cesar!” There is no other King than Cesar they say, going against the Living Word of God. It is a huge insult against the Only King of Israel ! As for Pilate, he seeks Jesus’ Identity.When he takes him to be scourged and humiliated before the crowd, he will say of him ’Behold the man!“He does not realize, under the shock of the violence in the humanity of the high priests, that it is a question of Jesus gentle and humble of heart, the One who is the Saviour of the world and who will be at the origins of a whole new humanity.”When I am raised up from the earth I shall draw all men to me, "says Jesus. The sufferings of Jesus Crucified , the breaking of the legs of the two crucified men alongside Jesus, and finally the piercing with the spear from the soldier, will be

received by John and Mary at the foot of the Cross as the most brutal expression of violence in humanity. The Heart of Jesus will be pierced, Water and Blood will flow from this Heart, giving Divine Love to humanity that is in in the grip of pain. So we are joined and saved from violence thanks to Jesus who will conquer evil by good.“They will look on the one he pierced”. Jesus, in a great cry, will give up his breath, the Holy Spirit, and through his open heart, the Water of baptism, the Blood of the Eucharist, will flow, giving us New Life. In his Passion, Jesus is already glorified, beyond his disfigured aspect He manifests a beauty that is within Himself. Beauty comes from the inside, ’It is so that you believe!’ says John the Evangelist. Behind the disfigured face of Jesus, the greatest Tenderness of God is given to us.

Let us ask for the grace to enter more and more into the Mystery of Jesus, the Poor One, in Whom divine life shines forth.