The Day God Died

By Chris Sparks

Good Friday, the day God died. Such a very strange way to speak of the greatest catastrophe in the history of humanity - Jesus killed; the Church scattered; even nature convulsing and giving witness that her Creator has been touched in unthinkable ways. And yet we call this day Good Friday. What on earth is good about it?

This is the day of the triumph of all the forces of good over evil.

This is the day when the blood and water pour forth from the side of Jesus, and a fount of mercy is opened up for the whole world.

This is the day when human history stills, alters course, and begins to roll towards God again.

This is the day of our liberation from darkness and sin, from death and hell, for God has tricked the devil into killing Him, into drawing God down into hell, into darkness, and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome Him.

This is the day that Jesus was crowned king with a wreath of thorns, when He was given royal garb in jest, when He ascended to His throne which is the Cross, and when He entered into His kingdom.

This is the day of the great mystery of the love and the mercy of God, made manifest on the Cross - and who can stand to see it?

So let us hear the cry of Christ from the Cross - "I thirst." Let us console the Heart of Jesus by going to Him through the arms and intercession of His Blessed Mother Mary and enter into the One Thing which is Three, into the heart of the Trinitarian life. Let us love Him and so make some small return on His love for us.

Come, let us worship.

"We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, for by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world."

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