1. What would cause God the Father to lay on Jesus “the iniquity of us all”? Why would God the Son accept this? Were they working together on this? What was the driving force? Do we call it “the Spirit”? Is that same Spirit with us today as we work to overcome this crucifying pandemic? What kinds of things might the Spirit inspire us to do? Pray to end it? Ease the pain of others some way? Offer healthcare services? Find needed materials? Feed the hungry?
2. The First Reading says, “Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away … ” Who today can relate to this part of Jesus’ suffering?
1. How does the following statement of Pope Francis relate to “let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy” in this reading?
Jesus is never far from us sinners. He wants to pour out on us, without limit, all of his mercy.
2. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” What does this mean to you? Why do we need a “sympathetic high priest”?
Gospel: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
1. “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” To what “truth” is Jesus testifying? Did Jesus come to dwell among us so we would know the truth? Is it related to love? How?
2. To what degree are you willing to testify to the truth?
3. “If you release him, you are not a friend of Caesar.” Do you make your decisions according to what you think is right, or according to what will bring you more friends?
4. “I thirst.” Was Jesus’ thirst for a drink or was it for each of us, and our love? How do you respond to such a thirst in your everyday life? For what do you thirst?