Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday: God is Dead

Friedrich Nietzsche, the famous philosopher wrote: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?" We are all taught that God is immortal and cannot die. However, God did die.  He died today on Good Friday in Jerusalem.

 Jesus Christ, Son of God and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity died on the Cross. Since He is God, we can say that God truly died. We have killed Him on the Cross.  While not physically there, Jesus died for all of us so that the many can be saved. This means that while Christ died for all of us, only some of us will be saved. Our sins nailed Christ to the Cross and caused His death.

We must reflect on this today and every day. When we wear a crucifix or pray a Rosary, we must look at the Cross and reflect on how our sins offend God. They offend God not because He is sensitive or weak, but because we do not know what we are doing. He created us for much more greater things that we can imagine. There are sayings out there that state that wasted potential or wasted talent is the worst thing a person can do. We waste our "talent" when we sin. We mock God like those at the Crucifixion. These people represent us and those who reject God, namely atheists. At Golgotha, the people mocked Jesus saying that He saved others but could not save Himself. They made fun of His claim to royalty and being the Son of God.  Despite this, Christ asked the Father to forgive them for they know not what they do. This is because God is merciful.

Good Friday should remind us of this. God is merciful so there is no reason to give up on our spiritual lives. We must continue to strive to be holy so that we can die with Christ and be resurrected by Him. God died. He showed that He is the Lord of both life and death. God does the impossible, the illogical in order to make our salvation possible and our faith in Him logical. 

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