A Good Friday Reflection

crucifix3%5B1%5D A Good Friday Reflection

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This hasn’t been the greatest Lent. That’s an understatement, actually.  In all honesty, I feel like an epic failure. I set the bar low, and I still couldn’t meet any of my spiritual goals.

Yet in spite of me and my failings, Easter will come. In the face of my sins and my foibles, there will be hope. New Life in Him is not dependent on my performance. Thank God for that.

Dying on the cross, Jesus thirsted for souls. He went to all this trouble and endured great suffering. Yet, there are so many, myself included many times, who don’t really appreciate his sacrifice. We continue to crucify Him with our own sins – no matter how small. How awful that must feel not only to God, but to His Mother, too. She stood at the foot of the cross and watched her only son suffer and die. She accepted everything with trust and grace. And here I am, unable to even make some pitifully small sacrifices in honor of Him.

Oh, Mary, it would be a lot easier to hate those who hurt Him, wouldn’t it? I bet it would even feel good – at least for a fleeting, pleasurable moment – to hate all of us who betray your Son with our actions (or our lack of action – say, being too tired to pray to Him).

Instead, Mary and Jesus chose to forgive again and again and to look beyond our weaknesses and our repeat offenses and to love.

I haven’t been very good at loving anyone but myself lately.

But I refuse to be a Judas. I refuse to give up, to cave in to despair. I cling to hope, hope in a God whose mercy is endless and who loves me even when I don’t deserve it. Like Peter after he betrayed Christ, I long to look into Jesus’ eyes, into Love itself, even though it might be easier to look away.

Easter is coming. I keep reminding myself of that. It doesn’t feel like I deserve an Easter after such a pathetic Lent.

I have some loved ones who not only deserve the joy of Easter but who will be living it on Sunday.

My cousin has been fighting leukemia for 3 1/2 years, but on Easter day he stops taking his oral chemo. Isn’t that beautiful? A priest will be offering a personal Mass in their home to celebrate this new beginning for him. Entering the phase known as “survivorship” on Easter Sunday takes the whole idea of “new life” to a new level, doesn’t it?

This Easter will be the first day of the rest of his cancer-free life. Deo gratias. He was 15 when he was diagnosed. He’s spent most of his teen years fighting cancer. Whereas my Lent has been too short, his has been far too long.

My aunt understands, more than I, what it means to stand at the foot of the cross. She understands what it means to be faithful in everything and every circumstance. Come Easter, she’ll embrace the new life in Him, in her own son, just as she has taken up the way of the cross for so long now.

This Easter is for my cousin. It’s for his mom, his dad, his entire family.

It’s for my dad who recently said he feels a lot like Mary sometimes having to helplessly watch his wife suffer with grace and endurance and to standby and witness his mom – who lives with my parents – have to face the realities of old age. He can help. He can pray. He can trust. But he can’t take my mom or our nana’s crosses completely away.

This Easter is most definitely for my sweet mama who despite failed surgeries and medical treatments clings to hope and gives thanks for a beautiful life.

Easter is for you, too. It’s for me. It’s for those who believe and those who don’t. It’s for those who suffer as well as those who seem to glide through life with nary a care in the world.

It’s for us all.

Imagine that. You don’t have to. It’s the Truth.

 His Truth.

We are all God’s beloved children, and we are all capable of being raised in glory.

Today there is darkness. There’s sadness. There is pain. There are lowly bodies that fail us. There are broken hearts and spirits.

In this world, there is suffering, disease, disaster, hate, indifference, neglect.

In my life, I get it right some of the time. Sometimes I don’t.

He is there through it all.

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

God says the word with the cross. Each nail driven in deeper and deeper drives His love into us.

And on Easter, whether we’ve kept all of our Lenten promises or not, whether we’ve suffered from cancer or another sickness, whether we’ve had to watch a loved one endure pain, whether we’ve held grudges, whatever our past, on Easter morning our souls shall be healed.

Our future is in Him. How can we not be full of hope and new life?

 

 

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5 Responses to “A Good Friday Reflection”
  1. I’ve been throwing myself a pity party today because my toddler is fussy and I’m still feeling the effects of giving myself food poisoning yesterday from eating an undercooked hardboiled Easter egg and feeling dizzy from foolishly trying to fast despite still nursing my two-year-old lots (we’re working on it, but he still seems to have a strong need and desire for nursies) (don’t worry I did eat a yogurt for breakfast and then part of a peanut butter sandwich and some chips for lunch) and this post is just what I needed to remind me how lucky I am, and that I need to stop feeling sorry for myself!
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  2. from another mom says:

    Kate,

    When my kids were as young as yours my goal was to make it thru lent. Take it easier on yourself. You are caring for a newborn and 3 other young children. That is a big job for sure.

  3. Angela says:

    That was a beautiful reflection. Just remember, Kate, that God works outside of time, and His mercy and love is there for you as well, no matter what liturgical season we’re in. Lent is a wonderful time to quiet ourselves and reflect, and certainly to sacrifice, but you have done that (I’ve been reading your posts, you know); even if it somehow feels like you haven’t done enough, or that it’s too late, you now have a unique awareness. With this comes more shaping and stretching and growing.

    It’s Easter on your side of the country! Happy, joyful Easter to you and your dear family!

  4. Caroline72 says:

    Such a big job to carry your newborn child.Don’t forget to remember their is god behind you.

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