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Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

Good Friday - April 14, 2017

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Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

This is the last of four poems found in Isaiah 40-55 which are known as Servant Songs because each speaks of a “servant”. They were seen as foretelling the coming of the Messiah in the centuries before Jesus was born; Jesus saw himself as fulfilling these prophecies.


Hebrews 10:16-25

By offering himself on the cross, Jesus has completed the removal of sin from those whom God has made holy, set apart for his service. The writings of the Old Testament, divinely inspired through the Holy Spirit, foretell this.


Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9

Christ, the sympathetic and trustworthy high priest, took on being human in every way, being tested by suffering. He came to help humankind. Through his death he is able to restore us to oneness with God, freeing us from the power of evil forces.


John 18:1-19:42

Jesus has prepared his disciples for his departure; he has prayed to the Father that believers may have both the Father and the Son within them. May they express their unity in love, thus fulfilling the mission of the Church to lead all people to believe.

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