After Jesus had taken the wine he said, “It is fulfilled”; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. . . .
One of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water. this is the evidence of one who saw it—true evidence, and he knows that what he says is true—and he gives it so you may believe as well. Because all of this happened to fulfill the words of scripture. . . .
They will look to the one whom they have pierced.

John 19: 30, 34-37


“Good Friday: day of the cross, day of suffering, day of hope, day of abandonment, day of victory, day of mourning, day of joy, day of endings, day of beginnings. . . . I closed my eyes and could see his sacred body. . . . I saw the immense suffering of humanity during the centuries: people killing each other; people dying from starvation and epidemics; people driven from their homes; people sleeping on the streets of large cities; people clinging to each other in desperation; people flagellated, tortured, burned and mutilated; people alone in locked flats, in prison dungeons, in labor camps; people craving a gentle word, a friendly letter, a consoling embrace, people . . . all crying out with an anguished voice, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken us?’. . . [The] with my minds’ eye I saw large crowds of isolate, agonizing individuals walking away from the cross together, bound by the love they had seen with their own eyes and touched with their own lips. The cross of horror became the cross of hope, the tortured body became the body that gives new life; the gaping wound became the source of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen