Good Friday: Only One Person Did Not Have to Die

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion,

--have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

    Mankind fell for the big lie. Happiness and fulfillment could be his if he rejects God. And so Adam ate the fruit, and we eat the fruit. There is something, hidden deep within us, that secretly agrees with the world that says that a life of debauchery is "winning." Maybe we are not as flagrantly licentious, but there are those times that we decide that in this case, in this situation of our lives, we need this or that, even though we know that God is not present in our actions. And so we choose sin.

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion,

--have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

    God led them out of Egypt, out of slavery. He fought with them against their enemies. He fed them with manna, the Bread of Heaven. He gave them water. Still, they rejected Him. They chose pagan materialism and worshiped gold, a golden calf. We still do. We make the goal of our lives the acquisition of material goods. When confronted with those who need our help, we look away. Why should we limit ourselves for him, for her? After all, they did this to themselves. After all, he or she is not even here legally. Don’t tell me, "As often as you do this for the least of my brethren." I don’t want to hear that. I am not going to sacrifice my time or my stuff for them.

We want everything. And we condemn ourselves to die

with nothing.

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion,

--have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

    Only one person in the history of the world was born freed from the sentence of death. Every one else would have to die. Enoch walked with God, and Elijah was swept into heaven, but both were rewarded for their faith and preserved from death. How about the Blessed Virgin Mary? She was immaculately conceived, but as a human being, the sentence of death hung over her. Perhaps she didn’t die. She was assumed into heaven. If she did not die before the assumption it would only be due to the particular intervention of the One who did not have to die.

Only one person in the history of the world, was born freed from the sentence of death.

 

    And He chose to die.

 

    For us.

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion,

--have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

    We stand beneath the cross this afternoon. We gaze at Love dying so that Love might live. We plead with the Lord to give us the courage to unite our lives to His. We ask for the courage to die with Him, and to live with Him forever. We stand beneath and cross and under the Mercy of God.

 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion,

--have mercy on us and on the whole world.