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Good Friday – a Time for Meditation and Soul-Searching

Hungary Today 2024.03.29.

True to our tradition here at Hungary Today, we are publishing a Good Friday sermon by a Hungarian cleric. This time our choice has fallen on a 2018 sermon preached by the Hungarian Primate, Cardinal Péter Erdő at northern Hungary’s Esztergom Basilica.

Have a happy Easter everyone, wherever you may be in the world. God bless you!

“Love is as strong as death (Song of Solomon 8.6). Blessed art you, O Lord, King of all, for you have emptied yourself, taken on human flesh, walked with us on the path of life, and for love’s sake endured suffering and death.

We humans do not really know what it means to love, but you are love.

He who lives in love lives in you. You gave your life for us, for sinful men, though one hardly ever makes sacrifices for the sake of the doers of good. But your sacrifice was not made infinitely precious by suffering itself, but by the fullness of your love for the Father. Thank you, Lord. We thank you for life, we thank you for the world, we thank you for this spring, we thank you for all joy and all suffering. For your infinite love unites in one great harmony all the beauty and all the pain in our lives and in the history of the world. And every detail makes sense, even if we cannot see it.

But if we say with you on the Mount of Olives, Father, not my will be done, but yours, then our lives will fit into the mysterious divine plan. Then death will be fulfilled, and then the light of resurrection will shine forth. You have shed your blood for us and for many. As the prophet Isaiah prophesied of God’s suffering servant, you gave your life as a ransom for many. And your blood is the blood of redemption, of which Pope Clement VI said that a drop would be enough to cleanse the world of all sin. But you did not give just one drop of your blood, you wanted to give every drop of your blood, your whole life, for us. You showed us what it means to love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength. We worship you Christ and bless you because you have redeemed the world through your holy cross.



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