Today’s readings can be found here.

Reflection:

Frankly, today’s readings speak for themselves. They are the greatest story ever told. So to comment on them specifically is always a daring challenge. Today, I’d like to reflect upon how I have recently witnessed the kind of sacrificial love Christ offers for us on the Cross.

As some may know one of my roles in the diocese is as professor/formator for the Spanish speaking permanent diaconate candidates.

Yesterday, the teacher became the student.

I was blessed to be able to attend the naturalization ceremony for one of the candidates and his family.

What did I learn?

Of course there was a great civics lesson, as it was a truly unique and moving ceremony.

More importantly I learned about the values of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. For yesterday was not just about 35 minutes in a Federal Court Room, it was about 19 years of love and sacrifice.

Today we celebrate Good Friday, Christ’s sacrificial love for us on the Cross. this candidate and his wife give us a living witness of this love through the sacrifices they have made for┬átheir children.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.

Thank you for letting the teacher be the student once more.

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