On this Good Friday, as you gaze upon the crucifixion of Jesus and reflect upon His brutal agony and His earthly death, try to look beyond His human suffering to His perfect surrender. Try to see that His physical death was nothing other than an act of perfect love for the Father and an act into which we are invited to participate. Prayerfully ponder this beautiful prayer of Jesus today:


My Most Glorious and Suffering Lord, it is Your Hour.

 It is the Hour by which You conquered sin and death.

 It is the Hour for which You came into this world,

taking on flesh so as to offer Your precious

life for the salvation of the world.


May I be with You, dear Lord, in these moments

 of suffering and death.  May I, like Your Mother,

John and Mary Magdalene, stand at the foot of the Cross,

 gazing upon the perfect Gift of Love.


My suffering Lord, may I see in Your Cross

the most perfect act ever known in this world.

 May I see Love in its most pure form.  

May my eyes and soul look beyond the blood and

 pain and see Your Divine Heart, pouring forth

Mercy upon me and upon the whole world.


Today I kneel in silent adoration of You, my God.

 I sit quietly, beholding the great mystery of our faith.

  I behold God, beaten, bruised, mocked, tortured and killed.

 But in this act, I see all grace and Mercy

flowing from Your wounded Heart.

 Bathe the world in Your Mercy, dear Lord.

 Cover us with Your grace and draw us to

 new life through Your death.  I love You, my dear Lord.

 I love You with all my heart.  Jesus, I trust in You.

 Jesus, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In Jesus name I pray.