“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gl 2:19b-10)
We have made it to Holy Friday, the only day of the year whether the focus of the liturgy isn’t the pinnacle of the Eucharist, but rather the Cross of Christ.
Father Raniero Catalamessa teaches us that this is a way for us to turn our eyes from the Sacrament to what it represents: Jesus, without fault, gives himself to save us.
When St. Paul proclaims that “I have been crucified with Christ”, he reveals the mystery of “cocrucifixion”, in other words, the apostle lives of the cross, in it he gives glory and in it he concludes his preaching.
Therefore, we live this day in silence and adoration to Christ’s cross, permitting our lives to be truly grafted in the tree of life, that is the cross.
May the Lord remove from our hearts the fear and rejection for the cross of Christ, which isn’t solely suffering, but pure communion with the love of God for us.
Translation: Gabriela Gois