“It is finished.” These are the final words of our Lord Jesus before giving up his spirit. What did Jesus finish? What did he accomplish? It looked as if he was a failure. Everyone rejected him except a few. What good came from his suffering and death? We get the answer from Isaiah who prophesized the death of Jesus 500 years earlier who says: “It was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured…he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.” We know in the Last Supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples showing them that he came to serve not to be served.

But the biggest service he came to do for us was to suffer and die so that we can be saved from eternal death. And so from the Prophet Isaiah we also here: “…through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear…and he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses.” “…con sus sufrimientos justificará mi siervo a muchos, cargando con los crímenes de ellos…cuando tomó sobre sí las culpas de todos e intercedió por los pecadores.” This is what Jesus finished. This is what he accomplished – the perfect sacrifice that cures us from mortal sin, from eternal damnation. All we have to do now is trust in Jesus, confess that he is our King and turn away from sin and believe in his words which are the Gospel. That is why we call today Good/Holy Friday. It is the day that makes us good/holy.

Yes, many still reject Jesus today. Many mock Christianity. But St. Paul in the second reading encourages us to hold fast to our confession. Jesus knows it is hard to be rejected and to suffer persecution for it. How many of you try to live your Catholic faith in your home, at school, or at work and are rejected for it, made fun of, or even mocked? Jesus suffered this also. So when we sin and turn away from Jesus let us not be afraid to return and ask forgiveness. We don’t have to be afraid of him. He loves us and wants to forgive us not condemn us. “So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Let us not give up until we finish our life with all of its sufferings and trials. Let us suffer with him like Mary his mother who stood by the Cross. Let us take care of one another as John did with Mary, taking her as his own mother into his home. Tonight in all day tomorrow let us continue to strengthen one another with fast and prayer until Jesus rises from the dead on Easter. Amen.

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