Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Then Jesus, uttering a loud cry, breathed his last. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The centurion who stood guard over him, seeing the manner of his death, declared, "Clearly this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15: 37-39)

Today is Good Friday, a day of prayer, fasting, and abstinence. It is the day Our Lord suffered His Passion and died on the Cross for us, all so that our sins could be forgiven. We remember today the events of the five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and finally, the Crucifixion.

It has become a tradition in our family to watch Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ between the hours of noon and three on Good Friday. You can say what you want about Mel's messed-up personal life; but this movie of his, though extremely hard to watch at times, is a loving tribute to both Jesus and Our Blessed Mother. It illustrates the true horror of what Our Lord suffered out of love for sinful man, and also reminds you that Mary suffered right along with Him, as any mother would for a beloved son.

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