Only Jesus: A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Austin Fleming

   
 

[Fr. Austin Fleming was part of my formation as a priest during my last two years of seminary studies.  Here is his Good Friday homily from last year. This truly inspired me and is the best Good Friday homily I have ever heard and better than any I have preached.  Be sure to visit his blog:  http://concordpastor.blogspot.com]

JESUS…
we come this night and gather at the foot of your Cross…

Only the promise of your mercy
makes us, sinners, 
bold to stand before you
who bore every sin of every one of us
upon your strong and innocent shoulders…

Only the pledge of your pardon
gives us sinners courage 
to draw so near to your pain,
to your suffering
on account of our foolish sins…

Only the promise of your peace
gives us sinners strength
to look upon your wounds,
your blood, shed for us,
that we might be saved…

Only the hope of healing
gives us sinners humility
sufficient to gaze upon your body
broken for us,
for the mending of our souls…

Only the gift of your humanity
gives us sinners cause
to hope our fallen flesh
might be redeemed
in the offering of your own…

Only the gift of your divinity
helps us sinners dare
to hope our hearts might
rise at last with yours
into the Father’s arms…

Only the infinite depths of your love
give us grace to trust that you,
the Innocent Lamb of God,
look with sweet mercy 
on sinners such as us…

Lamb of God…

Lamb of God, you take away our sins 
and the sins of the world:
have mercy on us,
pardon and forgive us,
heal and mend us…

Jesus, Lamb of God,
save and redeem us,
lift us up out of our sins 
and into the embrace of your outstretched arms…

Jesus, Lamb of God,
betrayed, handed over, denied, abandoned – by us –
have mercy on us…

Jesus, Lamb of God,
falsely accused, stripped and beaten, 
have mercy on us…

Jesus, Lamb of God,
crowned with thorns, humiliated, crucified,
have mercy on us… 

Jesus, Lamb of God, 
sacrificed
for your beloved people,
have mercy on us…

Jesus, our Passover and our peace,
our Savior and Redeemer,
our Exodus from sin, our deliverance from death,
you take away our sins and the sins of the world:
have mercy on us this night
as we gather at the foot of your Cross.
— Fr. Austin Fleming

[PHOTO by Katholische Kirchengemeinde Herz-Jesu Herne, Germany. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Commons 

   

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to Only Jesus: A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Austin Fleming

  1. Denise says:

    Jesus, your love has set us free.

  2. Anne Comeaux says:

    WOW! Another gift. Thanks, Paul

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