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dc.contributor.authorRodriguez, Luisen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 40en_US
dc.description.abstractIt is simply hard to comprehend the event of the Lord's passion and death by itself, since it is part of the one Christ event of passion-death-resurrection. But in our attempt to grasp its depth and meaning, to the extent that we can come to grasp it, we need to go to Gethsemane, since from Jesus' angle everything flows from there.|At Gethsemane Jesus clearly expresses his reluctance to enter what he can anticipate coming. In different words, he asks his Father: Is not there some other way to go about this? Yet: Not what I want, but what you, Father, want. Jesus was willing to remain faithful to his Father's understanding of his mission at any price. But it was neither he nor his Father who named the price, his adversaries did. And he was willing to pay the price. It was Jesus' commitment to pay that price in faithfulness to his mission that gives meaning to what followed.|It is important that we look at the passion from inside Jesus' heart, not just from the externals of what others –the ones who named the price– inflicted on him. This is why, in my opinion, Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ misses the point, as it focuses on the cruel punishment others inflicted on him. Granted, it would have been more difficult cinematographically to convey the Lord's internal disposition. We need to accompany Jesus interiorly with the inner freedom to ask him: What was going through your heart at that point? Not that this will give us a full grasp of his passion and death, but it will help us to grow in solidarity with Jesus and, by "entering" his heart, we can discover a deeper meaning of the devotion to the Heart of Jesus.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherGood Friday of the Lord's Passionen_US
dc.titleReflection for April 14, 2017: Good Friday.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitJesuit Communityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US Triduumen_US Triduumen_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 52:13-53:12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25en_US
dc.subject.local3Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9en_US
dc.subject.local4John 18:1-19:42en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Aen_US

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