Although he was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him (Heb. 5:8-9).⧾

The reading of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John on Good Friday is a climax of the liturgy of Lent. For all of us who believe in Christ as Son of God and Our Saviour, wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities it is a draining experience to listen attentively and with devotion to so brutal an ending of our Lord’s earthly life. ‘It is finished’ (Jn. 19:30). These words bring to an end the mission that was His from the very foundation of the world. At the Last Supper, in what is known as the farewell discourse, Our Lord said to His disciples: ‘the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father and have come into the world’ (Jn. 16:27). Devoutly recalling His Sacred Passion, we acknowledge that Our Lord is the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him (Heb. 5:9). We obey, that is, we listen to His every word and utterance so that we might enter more fully into this mystery in which is revealed the truth about God and man; of human nature wounded by sin, yet redeemed, healed and renewed by the Son of God.

The Sacrifice that Our Lord has offered is an eternal sacrifice. St. John Fisher explains: Christ first offered sacrifice here on earth, when he underwent his most bitter death. Then, clothed in the new garment of immortality, with his own blood he entered into the holy of holies, that is, into heaven. There he also displayed before the heavenly Father that blood of immeasurable price which he had poured out seven times on behalf of all men subject to sin… All who have embarked on true contrition and penance for the sins they have committed, and are firmly resolved not to commit sins again for the future but to persevere constantly in that pursuit of virtues which they have now begun, all these become sharers in this holy and eternal sacrifice (From the commentary on the psalms by Saint John Fisher, bishop and martyr, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. II, p. 352). May it please God to number us among those who pursue the life of virtue and to grant us the grace of perseverance so as to become sharers in this holy and eternal sacrifice.

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