Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Listen to the Lord’s appeal:
Do not be afraid.
This cross inflicts a mortal injury,
not on me, but on death.
These nails no longer pain me,
but only deepen your love for me.
I do not cry out because of these wounds,
but through them I draw you into my heart.
My body was stretched on the cross as a symbol,
not of how much I suffered, but of my all-embracing love.
Saint Peter Chrysologus