by: Fr. Scott Karnik
Homily for Good Friday, March 30, 2018:
Cardinal Robert Sarah said “The Cross is the center of the world, the heart of mankind, and the place where our stability is anchored.” He is right. The Cross is the altar upon which Jesus Christ offered His Own Body and Blood as the sacrifice for our salvation. It was on the Cross that Jesus Christ poured out His Most Innocent Blood for our redemption. It is on the Cross that Jesus’s very own Temple was nailed, His Own Body. The entire world has seen His Sacrifice in the Temple of His Body, on the Cross. It is on the Cross that Jesus Christ died His most bitter death. Then, after His death, Jesus rose and became immortal. He entered the holy of holies in heaven and showed His Sacrifice to His Father on behalf of us who are subject to sin. Jesus’s sacrifice is sufficient and it is eternal. God’s sacrifice of His Son gives us a new beginning.
For us, all of us who pursue true contrition and penance for our sins and who are determined to not commit them again and who pursue virtue are forgiven through this one, holy, and eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on the Cross. God’s sacrifice of His Son has given us forgiveness of our sins.
The Cross of Jesus Christ is powerful. The condemnation of the sins of the world is present on it, in the form of the body of Jesus Christ, God’s Own Son. We see Jesus’s condemnation and God the Father’s compassion. God sent His Son into the world to die for wicked sinners. Jesus died on the Cross. He atoned for our sins. And, furthermore, Jesus died on the Cross and rose from death in the tomb. Jesus has destroyed the permanence of death. “As all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ.” God’s sacrifice of His Son has given us eternal life.
The Cross of Jesus Christ unites all people in His Salvation. We are a new people of God. We are the new Israel, the Church of Christ. He has acquired us with His Own Blood, filled us with His Holy Spirit, and enabled us to be unified.
Jesus has done all of this for us by being the great high priest, who has offered the sacrifice of His Own Body and Blood, in the Temple of His Own Body.
That is what has happened on Good Friday. And God the Father Himself in the first reading has said that His plan to save us will succeed. It has. The upshot of all this is that we have a “great high priest” present in the heavens, Jesus. He intercedes for us with His very own sacrifice of His Own Body, His very self. It happened on Good Friday, two thousand years ago, on the Cross, the center of the world, the heart of mankind, and the place where our stability, our salvation, is anchored.
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