By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world - Palm Sunday 2019

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For the Christian, Good Friday is a most sacred day. Each year its simple and solemn liturgy takes us to Calvary. In reading the Gospel account we follow Jesus as he carries the cross to Golgotha. We stand silently as we recall his dying moments. We pause in prayerful silence – we kneel - as he breathes his last.

We then come forward to venerate the cross, giving a simple sign of our humble recognition of what Jesus has done for us. Words cannot convey what is in our hearts and so we offer a simple act of devotion.

Jesus described himself as Son of Man, for he is the incarnation of God among us. He is the Son of God who has embraced the human condition. He accepted this fate on our behalf. He has chosen to do this – for us, for each of us.

This is the supreme act of love. This is an act of unparalleled mercy.

Today we have listened to St Luke’s account of the passion. On Good Friday we will listen to St John’s account of the passion. On these two occasions we become witnesses to what Jesus was prepared to undergo that we might be reconciled with God.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is that sacrificial lamb who offers himself to the Father, and cries out, “Father forgive them.”

Let us return on Good Friday, to once again stand beneath the cross that we might, on that most sacred day, humbly accept the gift of being saved, of being redeemed, of being set free from the price of our sins.

Here there is no greater love. Here there is no more perfect act of mercy.

We adore you O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Archbishop Julian Porteous
Sunday, April 14, 2019