Suffering and Triumph of the Servant of the Lord

April 2, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 HEB 4:14-16; 5:7-9 JN 18:1—19:42 Visit for the Gospel for Good Friday.

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IS 52:13—53:12

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him—
so marred was his look beyond human semblance
and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man—
so shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But 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 had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses.


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St. Longinus (Feast Day October 16)

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St. Longinus is the centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord while He was hanging on the Cross. It is said that when he threw his spear into Christ’s side, some of the blood and water from Jesus’ wound fell into Longinus’ eyes, healing him of his cataracts and leading to his conversion. St. Longinus then converted, left the army, took instruction from the apostles, and became a monk in Cappadocia. There he was arrested for his faith, his teeth forced out and tongue cut off. However, St. Longinus miraculously continued to speak clearly and managed to destroy several idols in the presence of the governor. The governor, who was made blind by the demons that came from the idols, had his sight restored when St. Longinus was beheaded. The blood of St. Longinus came into contact with the governor’s eyes and healed him. St. Longinus' relics are now in the church of St Augustine, in Rome. Longinus’ spear is one of the many relics of Christ, and it can be found in St. Peter’s Basilica.


Take time to chat

·       In what way does the reading from the Book of Isaiah foreshadow Jesus?

·       Heaven is a place without sin. If Jesus hadn’t offered his life for our sins, would anyone be able to reach heaven? Explain your answer.

·       Jesus died on the cross for your sins. How does that make you feel?

·       What was it like for St. Longinus before and after Jesus’ death on the Cross? How can we live showing our lives are different because Jesus died on the Cross for us?


Recipe of the week

Vegetable Soup

Enjoy this vegetarian soup on this day of fasting and abstaining from meat.

4 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups chopped spinach

2 Tbsp. finely minced garlic

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds

2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (can use frozen)

32 ounces vegetable broth

4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes (or a large can of diced tomatoes)

1 cup corn

1-2 tsp. lemon juice

1-2 bay leaves


¼ cup fresh parsley

½ tsp. curry powder

½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Once hot, add carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, and green beans with ½ the salt. Stir often, until the onion is translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and any other spices you like, such as curry powder, pepper flakes, or thyme. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and raise the heat to high, bringing the soup to a simmer. Then add the corn, tomatoes, bay leaves, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for about 25 minutes. Add the spinach and let simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and take out bay leaves. Stir in the lemon juice and the parsley as well as any spices needed for taste. Serve and enjoy!


Family Fun

Visit a Cemetery

At the end of today’s Gospel, Jesus is laid in a tomb. Visit a local cemetery to pay respect for the faithfully departed. Visit someone you know personally or someone else for whom you can offer prayers. Clean up the gravesite and offer this prayer for them: Eternal rest grant to him/her, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him/her. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer before a Crucifix

Listen and reflect on the African Spiritual, Were You There. You should be able to find the song on YouTube or wherever you stream music. When you are done, pray this prayer in front of a crucifix in your home:

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus,

While before your face I humbly kneel

And with burning soul, pray and beseech you,

To fix deep in my heart,

Lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity,

True contrition for my sins

And a firm purpose of amendment.

While I contemplate with great love and tender pity,

Your five most precious wounds,

Pondering over them within me,

And calling to mind the words that David, your prophet, said of you, my Jesus,

"They have pierced My hands and feet, They have numbered all my bones."


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Today is the only day in the entire year that Mass is not celebrated. That is why the celebration for the day is called the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Pray the Stations of the Cross as a family or attend the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at your parish.

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The name Good Friday is entirely appropriate for this day because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

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