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"Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured." - Isaiah 53:4

Today, Good Friday, we commemorate the ultimate sacrifice Jesus gave to us on the cross. By sending Jesus to suffer and die for our sins, God reveals His deep love for us. God knows we all face many difficulties in life but His love, which is constantly present inside us, keeps us hopeful and faithful to share the same love God gives with everyone He brings into our lives. The love and sacrifice we offer to friends, family, and to also those who we may not know but are less fortunate than us, is our way of paying forward God’s love, even if those same people have denied or sinned against us.

The difficulties are all part of God’s plan and sometimes the difficulties bring us to our darkest times of sin but it is then when His love for us is the strongest. Internalizing God’s love during these times gives us joy and proves we are special and unique in God’s eyes. Seeing Jesus suffer on the cross encourages us to turn away from sin but we often times forget the true suffering He endured to die for our sins and to ultimately give us salvation. When we see a cross or make the sign of the cross, let us be mindful of God’s unconditional love and the reason why Jesus died on the cross.

How can our actions and words be a reflection of God’s unconditional love? Do we regularly acknowledge God’s love for us?

Lord, thank you for loving me. Transform my heart so I can give the same love unconditionally.


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Text by Greg Lontok

Chagall, The White Crucifixion, 1938, a favourite picture of Pope Francis

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