Good Friday Preaching by Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP April 2, 2021 Good Friday is the best love story we can ever imagine. Love is total self-giving. And Jesus showed us the perfect example. He gave himself up for us: “There is no greater love than for one to lay down their life for another.” Pope Francis, during his very first general audience said, "Living Holy Week means increasingly entering into God's logic, the logic of the Cross, which is not first of all that of pain and death, but of love and of self-giving that brings life. This is love extravagant.” Ronald Rolheiser, in his book The Passion and the Cross , uses the image of a prism as he reflects on Jesus’ death on the cross. “If light is shone through a prism, the prism refracts the light, literally breaking it up so that we see inside it. And the result is exquisite.” The cross we adore today is a prism that refracts the breadth and depth of God’s love. We see right into the heart of God, and what we see, like the colors in a rainbow, is stunning and spectacularly beautiful. We see and learn who God really is, a God of unconditional love. The mystery of the Passion of Christ is the mystery of God’s power and love transforming evil to good; darkness to light; despair and disbelief to hope and faith; and hatred to love. May the the cross we reflect on today be a prism that sees right into our very being, that helps us refract the spectacularly beautiful and unconditional love of God to those who suffer from racism, discrimination of any kind, poverty, climate change, COVID-19, despair, and political divisions. We are a living prisms of God’s love. Through our words, actions, and our very being, God’s love is made visible in our world. Through our lives may we reflect the colors of the rainbow of God’s love and color the world beautiful. Good Friday is truly the best love story we can ever imagine.