Just before I completed this post, I watched Pope Francis on Salt and Light. The Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday, March 27 was an invocation to the Lord, for an end to the pandemic that is sweeping our globe and potentially uniting us in a powerful way such as we have never seen in our lifetime.
Our war is not with one another. This battle is not confined to any one region, class, language or way of life. It is a battle against an invisible enemy. The hour-long prayer from the Vatican had a stark and beautiful simplicity to it. Our Good Friday celebration shares in that simplicity.
We are invited today to a simple and sincere presence to Christ on the cross. May we be strengthened by his suffering and death! May this Good Friday increase within each of us that way in which we all find ourselves at the foot of the cross!