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And That Is the Rest of the Story

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

We often hear that Jesus died “to save us from our sins.” But this is only one part of the great Paschal Mystery that includes Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and the sending of the divine Spirit to remain with us. Jesus death, historically, was a direct result of his way of life. His proclamation of the reign of God — a God who offered unconditional love instead of power over others — threatened both his religious contemporaries and Roman power. Jesus was willing to die for his conviction about the coming Reign of God, and his Resurrection showed that the God of Faithful Love did not abandon him.

It is this God who now empowers us.

(with gratitude to Sr. Marielle Frigge, OSB , author of the above text)


who showed us by Your life and death

the abundant and ever present love of God,

be with us in our weakest moments and empower us with Your Spirit. Amen.

Sr. Joan Reichelt
Executive Vice President Culture, Avera

ISAIAH 52:13-53:12 • PSALM 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 • HEBREWS 4:14-16; 5:7-9 • JOHN 18:1-19:42

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