Daily Meditation for April 2, 2010

by Mary Weidner, OSB

In one scene of the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of Christ, we see an exhausted and wounded Jesus falling beneath the cross and then looking up to see his mother. His only words to her are, “Ecce nova facio omnia—Behold, I make all things new.” On Good Friday, Christians throughout the world will gather once again to remember the passion of Jesus. The focus of Friday’s service is an instrument of execution, the cross. Yet we call it Good Friday because Jesus’ death and resurrection assure us that nothing is beyond hope. As we bring to the cross of Jesus our pain and grief, our anxiety and doubts, our migraines and cancer, our troubled relationships and addictions, our loneliness and depression, we are strengthened by His promise to make all things new. This Good Friday, we remember the extravagant love our God has for us, and we also bring to the cross our grateful hearts!