Is 52:13—53:12; Ps 31; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,and Mary of Magdala.
At the foot of the cross, we're invited to be eyewitnesses to the personal relationship of Jesus with Mary, his closest companions, and, in essence, the whole church. Jesus did not endure his agony alone. In steadfast fidelity, his mother accompanied by other holy women and John the Apostle, remain at his side, where he entrusts his mother and beloved disciple into each other’s care. We, too, stand at the foot of the cross to draw near to each other to offer and receive support and consolation. At the foot of the cross, we're called to embrace one another as we enter more fully into the mystery of his suffering and death.
Crucified Christ, draw us near to you as one people of courage and hope.

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