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Friday, April 10, 1998

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Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Psalm 31
John 18:1—19:42

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"behold the man!" (jn 19:5, our transl.)

"There was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him." —Isaiah 53:2

"When I behold the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride."

When I behold the One Whom I have pierced, I myself shall be pierced through, convicted of my sins, and lament bitterly (Jn 19:37; Zec 12:10; Rv 1:7).

When I behold His appearance marred "beyond that of mortals" (Is 52:14), I will be startled, "stand speechless," and repent (Is 52:15).

When I behold Jesus, the Son of Man, lifted up, I will come to realize that He is the I AM, God (Jn 8:28). I will believe in Him and have eternal life (Jn 3:14-15).

When I behold Jesus Christ "displayed to view upon His cross" (Gal 3:1), I will receive the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:2).

When I behold Jesus on the cross, on this Good Friday, at the Veneration of the Cross, I will...

Prayer:  Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All!

Promise:  "So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need." —Heb 4:16

Praise:  (none)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997