Despite the fact that it was a cold, rainy and just miserable Good Friday in Macon, our two sets of Stations of the Cross at 12:10 PM and 3:00 PM as well as the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord at 7:00 PM saw our church completely full!
At the end of each set of Stations of the Cross, the three of us priests here at St. Joseph Church heard confessions for a total of 3 hours.
Were Confessions available in your parish on Good Friday?
One can betray Jesus for other kinds of compensation than 30 pieces of silver. A man who betrays his wife, or a wife her husband, betrays Christ. The minister of God who is unfaithful to his state in life, or instead of feeding the sheep entrusted to him feeds himself, betrays Jesus. Whoever betrays their conscience betrays Jesus. Even I can betray him at this very moment — and it makes me tremble — if while preaching about Judas I am more concerned about the audience’s approval than about participating in the immense sorrow of the Savior. There was a mitigating circumstance in Judas’ case that that I do not have. He did not know who Jesus was and considered him to be only “a righteous man”; he did not know, as we do, that he was the Son of God.