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April 15 - Good Friday

Galatians: What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.

Isn't that what so often happens? We experience something so incredible, and we are so changed by what we think will be a permanent change, where we could have "torn out our eyes and given them to me?" And yet, the feeling fades.

The question is how can we stop the change from fading? Maybe it's a change in perspective, maybe it's a physical change, or maybe it's an addiction we've finally kicked.

You talk to any recovering addict and they will tell you the length of time since their sobriety, to the minute. Each minute, hour, day, week, month, and year is a milestone. It's putting one foot in front of the other.

St. Paul was the author of Galatians and in his letters to them, tried to make them understand that feeling of goodwill needs to carry on and not fade into dust.

Each year, month, week, day, hour, and minute, the Church offers us opportunities to reconnect with God through prayer, Mass, Sacraments, Rosary, and Adoration. By our participation, we keep God's goodwill strong, vibrant, and relevant.

Today is Good Friday, the end of Lent, the end of Jesus' human experience on earth. This is the time to reflect on all Christ gave for us, all His suffering for us, for all our sins. What a selfless act, what a gift from our divine Father to send His only son for our sake, to take away all our sins so we may live in love with the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in peace.

Wishing you a reflective Good Friday, and a glorious, joyful, blessed Easter!

April 15

Matthew: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—

Mark: These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.

Luke: He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

John: The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Acts: So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another.

Romans: For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

1 Corinthians: For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

2 Corinthians: Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Galatians: What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.

Ephesians: But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Philippians: You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone.

Colossians: Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

1 Thessalonians: For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.

1 Timothy: Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

2 Timothy: You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message.

Hebrews: 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.

James: Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”

1 Peter: But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker.

1 John: God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.

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