Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 30 March - Good Friday
Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged; and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him and saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” and they slapped him in the face.
The Passion of the Lord cuts deeply. It's easy to feel angry and hurt when we think of Jesus, our Beloved, treated as a slave.
“Yet he was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins,” says the Prophet Isaiah (52:13-53:12).
Today as we draw closer to Christ through prayer and fasting, let us ask God for forgiveness.
Prayer for Good Friday
Father, have mercy on us when we hide our face from you.
Forgive us the times we walk past and ignore people who are cold and without shelter. Lord, have mercy.
Forgive us the times we throw food away while our brothers and sisters go hungry. Christ, have mercy.
Forgive us the times we pollute and trample on the gift of your creation. Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.