Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday - Jesus Said "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit"

From Luke 22:14-20, 23:39-46 --

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you, before I suffer.



For I say to you, that from this time I will not eat it, till it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  And having taken the chalice, he gave thanks, and said: Take, and divide it among you: For I say to you, that I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, till the kingdom of God come.  And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. In like manner the chalice also, after he had supped, saying: This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you.
 "Do this for a commemoration of me"... This sacrifice and sacrament is to be continued in the church, to the end of the world, to shew forth the death of Christ, until he cometh. But this commemoration, or remembrance, is by no means inconsistent with the real presence of his body and blood, under these sacramental veils, which represent his death; on the contrary, it is the manner that he himself hath commanded, of commemorating and celebrating his death, by offering in sacrifice, and receiving in the sacrament, that body and blood by which we were redeemed.

And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation?
 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
 "In paradise"... That is, in the happy state of rest, joy, and peace everlasting. Christ was pleased, by a special privilege, to reward the faith and confession of the penitent thief, with a full discharge of all his sins, both as to the guilt and punishment; and to introduce him immediately after death into the happy society of the saints, whose limbo, that is, the place of their confinement, was now made a paradise by our Lord's going thither.
 And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost.



Here is a Good Friday hymn called Crux Fidelis.



Here is a Good Friday reflection by Fr. Benedict Groeschel.






Leticia at My Daily Trek has posted a very moving video remembering Jesus' great Sacrifice.

9 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Easter blessings to you.

Andrew33 said...

As you well know, I am not Catholic and do not celebrate Catholic celebrations, but it would be wrong of me not to wish you a Happy Good Friday. We have discussed that before and you know that I do respect others religious views even when not my own. I have other very close friends celebrating Ramadan now too. (Yes folks, I have close Muslim friends and no they aren't terrorists. They aren't even Arab and there is a huge difference between Arab and non-Arab Muslims)
Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we love God. I recall no stories of God bickering in my Bible. I do know many Biblical stories where people truly seeking God often came from the most unexpected places, while those claiming to know "the only" way to God, generally through aestheticism were always wrong. So to all my Catholic and friends of all different faiths, enjoy your Good Friday, or whatever you celebrate it. As I told Teresa before, we are all on the same team here and agree on 90% of things if not more so lets not have any petty bickering here. It is a Holy Day for some and whether we celebrate it or not, lets respect those who do just as we want others to respect the Holy Days we celebrate.

By the way, Teresa, did you get my email?

Leticia said...

Have a blessed Easter! Jesus is our Redeemer, our Messiah! He is risen!

tha malcontent said...

Have a happy,joyous, and blessed Easter to you and yours Teresa
Thanks for all you do and for your supporting my blog as well
Mal

Andrew33 said...

By the way, a friend may be visiting you. Her name is Daria. She is very active in the local tea party here and is also a fellow Catholic like yourself. She and two other fellow activists have started a new blog. It's called The Conservative Diva. www.theconservativediva.net

They are all friends, fellow patriots and work very hard here locally so if you would blogroll them and give them a hello, and a little support, it would mean a lot. Daria is an author (as in gets paid to be an author) and knowing Daria and Ellen (even more), it won't take them long to get going.

The Conservative Lady said...

Wishes for a Blessed Easter, Teresa.

Opus #6 said...

Thinking of you, T, on this Good Friday.

Teresa said...

AOW,Mal,Leticia,TCL,Opie,and Andrew:

Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed Easter.

Teresa said...

Andrew,

Thank you for wishing me a happy Good Friday. I hope you have a happy and blessed Good Friday too. I am in full agreement with you about respecting different religions. Totally agree with you about the petty bickering too. Well, wish things would have gone differently with you know who but .... There can be legitimate criticisms of various religions without acting irrationally or being bigoted.

I did get your email. Sorry about the delay in getting back with you but I didn't get to post on my mainly Catholic blog yesterday so I posted something in the late morning/early afternoon. I will add their blog to my blogroll. Actually I need to go over my blogroll and add a number of blogs to my blogroll.