Lectionary Reflections: Good Friday [c] April 14, 2017

Engaging Faith | Fri, Apr 7, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Good Friday [c]

April 14, 2017


Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

John 18:1-19:42



April 13: Holy Thursday

April 14: Good Friday

April 15: Holy Saturday

April 16: Easter Sunday



Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. 

— Pope Francis, 19 March 2013

It is by uniting his own sufferings for the sake of truth and freedom to the sufferings of Christ on the Cross that a human person is able to accomplish the miracle of peace and is in a position to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil and the violence which, under the illusion of fighting evil, only makes it worse. … A human person is alienated if he refuses to transcend himself and to live the experience of self-giving and of the formation of an authentic human community oriented towards his final destiny, which is God.

— John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 25, 41

There is in our history a barbarous excess of suffering, a violence and destructiveness so intense in quality and extensive in scope that it can only be named genuine evil. … Radical suffering afflicts millions of people the world over in intense and oppressive ways. … A God who is not in some way affected by such pain is not really worthy of human love and praise. … Wisdom participates in the suffering of the world and overcomes, inconceivably, from within through the power of love. … the mystery of God is here in solidarity with those who suffer. … Against the background of the history of human injustice and suffering, the suffering God is the most productive and critical symbol for it cannot be uttered without human beings hearing the challenge to solidarity and hope. 

— Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, She Who Is

We must make haste. Too many people are suffering. While some make progress, others stand still or move backwards; and the gap between them is widening. 

— Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 29

We must not believe the Evil One when he tells us that there is nothing we can do in the face of violence, injustice and sin.

— Pope Francis, 24 March 2013

The Cross of Christ is not a defeat: the Cross is love and mercy.

— Pope Francis 3 April 2015


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The suffering of Jesus is connected with the suffering of the world and its people – people of all times and places – especially the poor and powerless. 

This suffering continues today:

- In any situation where people experience injustice
- in the violence that continues in the Middle East, Syria, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa
- in the ongoing difficulties between people of Palestine and Israel
- in the extreme poverty in places like Haiti or nations in Sub-Sahara Africa 
- in the more than billion people in the world who go to bed hungry
- in the experience of those who are denied human rights or are unjustly imprisoned
- in those who have been tortured by our government or other governments
- in the lives of all those who experience racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination

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