“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.” Jn 18:1-19:42
Read the full Gospel reading here.
Today, on Good Friday, let us stand at the foot of the Cross. Let us join our brothers and sisters in faith. Let us welcome the Blessed Virgin into our homes and our souls.
And, at 3pm, today and everyday, let us heed the words of Christ to St. Faustina:
“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion” (Diary of St. Faustina, 1320).
Reminder: today is a day of Abstinence (no meat) and a day of Fasting (maximum 2 smaller meals/snacks and 1 medium meal).