Good Friday is the day on which Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We read in the gospels that Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot on the night of the Last Supper. He is brought before both religious and civil leaders and was ultimately condemned to death on a cross. As we listen to the story of the passion of Jesus as told by John the Evangelist it can be simply overwhelming. It is almost too much to take in at once. The passion of Jesus is a gripping drama that reaches down inside of us and evokes our deepest and strongest emotions. It almost defies words of commentary or explanation. As we participate in the service of this day let us be reminded that Jesus was helped by Simon to carry his cross and we are called to do the same for each other as we face the daily crosses in our lives. Let us remember that Jesus is always with us and wants to help us as we navigate the journey of life.
Pat Schifini, OSU