(Day Thirty-nine) Daily Lenten Devotional
Good Friday, April 14th (Day Thirty-nine)
Dear Lord, I pray for the courage to follow you and deeply experience your passion, death and resurrection this week. Lord, help me to become more fully aware of Your presence and Your Love for me, for all people and all creation, this Holy week. In Christ’s precious name I pray. Amen.
Good Friday: (Repetition), Mark 15:1-47; Matthew 27:1-61; Luke 23:1-56
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Mark 15:1-47 or Matthew 27:1-61 or Luke 23:1-56 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
Two things strike me as I meditate on Good Friday. First, Jesus’ silence and second the statement “He breathed his last.” The Lord’s silence does not strike me as resignation or defeat. Nor does it seem to be any sort of depression or even defiance. As I watch Jesus, I feel His silence reveals His union with God, His Father. Jesus is showing us that silence is a way to practice the presence of God. At one point on the cross Jesus felt separated from the Father only to ultimately commit His spirit into the Fathers hands. Silence is a way to rest in God’s presence even when we do not feel God’s presence. This seems to be part of the lesson Jesus is showing us. Silence, for us, therefore may act as a path to awareness, purification, illumination, and unity with God. Awareness of God’s love; Purification as we gaze into the eyes of Love; Illumination as Love becomes our guide and eventual union with Love in His suffering and in the joy of knowing that God is with us.
The Lord’s final breath was an exhale of Love into the world, followed by in inhale by Love in eternity. The breath of Life gave the world hope that the world may be saved by Love.