Passage for Reflection: Luke 22:14-23:56
Father in heaven,
Today it is Good Friday, and it is good because Jesus suffered willingly in our place, absorbing into His body the wounds we each deserve. In every way, He teaches us to suffer well. First, He gathered His friends around a table, breaking bread and pouring wine, and for these symbols of His suffering, He gave You thanks. Teach us, like Jesus, to give thanks in all things and to learn the art of celebrating Your perfect purposes even when they are shrouded in mystery. Then Jesus went from the table to the garden, which was His regular place of prayer. There, He fell to His knees and looked to You for the strength to drink the cup of Your will. Teach us, like Jesus, that we can and should depend on You. Make us a people whose first impulse it is to pray and plead, and strengthen us to do that which You have commanded.