Matter of Faith: Another Good Friday


(4/15/2019)

From: Mary Zimmerman
Winona

Lent is soon coming to an end. Perhaps the graces we received during Lent to do the works of mercy (with the help of God) will enable us to want to continue on, for our sanctification and that of others. There is nothing so noble as to help another gain salvation. Lord, help all those blinded by the fake brightness of the world and those who have busied themselves in the ways of the world. I know for myself, using coupons and bargains must not come before my time with my friend, Jesus. Lord help me use the talent you have bestowed upon me, your unworthy servant. Help me in helping sinners and pointing them toward you and Heaven.

We were so blessed to be able to attend Good Friday services, thanks to our son Gene and his wife. Jim, in his weakened condition, even genuflected as he left his pew.

What delights Jesus is our whole-hearted trust in him. God loves us despite all of our faults, weaknesses and sins. What greater love and mercy could Jesus show mankind than to die shamefully upon a cross?

If we’re not right with God, then we need to make some changes. What better time to start anew than on Good Friday? How we feel about Good Friday depends upon how well we understand and appreciate Easter Sunday. Jesus has shown us hope for our future. The grave will not hold us captive, but will set us free someday so our mortal bodies will again join our souls — hopefully in the joys of Heaven.

I recently overheard someone ask why we call Good Friday “good.” It’s because a sacrifice was made to open up the gates of Heaven. I also heard a song, twice today, “Were you there when they crucified our Lord? Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?” My answer to that is yes, I even took a part in it, and so did you. God is most generous to us with his love and mercy. What better time to say thank you than on Good Friday, and to take God by the hand and never let go. Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Easter Sunday it almost upon us! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Matthew 28 says, don’t be afraid, I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here! For he has been resurrected, just as he said. So many didn’t grasp that. Jesus reassured them it was really true when he appeared to his apostles.


Lynette, Jim and I attended a very beautiful mass at St. Stanislaus. The music was beautiful and Father Tom very generously blessed us with holy water — it was almost like a shower. Ha! The church was about full of people that believe that the risen Lord is among us as we received His Holy Body and Blood.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever but believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.

Happy Easter!

 

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