Good Friday: The Hour Has Come.


    It was at Cana, at a wedding feast, that Jesus first used the term. No one was sure exactly what he meant by it. It didn't appear to have anything to do with the groom's plight. There was no wine. Could Jesus help? He would, but first he reminded his mother, my hour has not yet come. My hour....."What is he referring to?" the disciples asked.


    He met a Samaritan woman at a well. She tried to duck her need for conversion with a neat theological argument. Jesus told her that a new hour was coming when people would worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. The hour would come when the Spirit of God, the Truth of God, will be the foundation of the lives of all good people.


    Twice they tried to arrest him when he spoke in the Temple. But they couldn't because his hour had not yet come.


    Then right after he called Lazarus from the tomb, Jesus rode into Jerusalem while people raised palm branches and sang hosanna. Some gentiles heard about this and came to ask Philip about Him. Philip found Andrew and together they went to Jesus. If the Gentiles knew about Jesus’ presence in Jerusalem, those who were planning to kill him surely knew. "Now the hour has come," proclaims the Lord, "for the Son of Man to be glorified."


    And John wrote: He knew that the hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world. He loved them to the end.


    His last prayer at the supper where he gave his Body and Blood was to his Father, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you."


    Then he crossed the Kidron Valley, the Valley where apocalyptic literature proclaimed that all the nations of the world would be judged. He crossed the Kidron Valley. The hour would be a time of judgment for the nations.


    Jesus was not surprised at what happened in the Garden. He knew all that was going to happen to Him. He was in control. His accusers fell on their faces when they tried to arrest him. Jesus taught Pilate. From the pulpit of the cross He saw Mary standing there, not collapsed in hysteria, but standing and accepting the will of the Father. He gave Mary to John and John to Mary and Mary to us and us to Mary. During the hour, his mother became our mother. Finally, He handed his Spirit over to the Father.


    This is not the hour of those who live in darkness. It is the hour when the Light of Christ illuminates the world.


    It is the hour of a New world order. It is the hour of sacrificial love. It is the hour of the new age of Jesus Christ.


    And we venerate the Cross on Good Friday. For through the cross of Christ, we live in the hour of the Lord.