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It is with his death on the cross on Good Friday that Jesus teaches the most sublime, divine, heroic lesson of what love is.
He had given up everything: a life lived beside Mary amidst discomfort and in obedience; three years of preaching in which he revealed the Truth, gave witness to the Father, promised the Holy Spirit, and did all sorts of miracles of love; three hours on the cross from which he pardoned his executioners, opened Paradise to the Good Thief, gave his mother to us and, lastly, his Body and Blood which he had already given to us mystically in the Eucharist.
All that remained to him was his divinity. He ceased feeling his union with the Father, which had made him so powerful on earth as the Son of God and so regal on the cross; he had to be disunited, in a way, from the one who, he said, was one with him: "The Father and I are one." (Jn 10,30).
In him love was annihilated, light was darkened, wisdom was silenced.
We were detached from the Father. It was necessary that the Son, in whom we all were present, experience detachment from the Father. He had to experience being abandoned by God, so that we may never be abandoned again.
Jesus was able to overcome such an immense trial by re-abandoning himself to the Father: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit" (Lk 23, 46). In this way, he recomposed the broken unity between God and humanity and men and women among themselves. He was now manifesting himself to be the remedy to every disunity, the key to unity.
Now it is our turn to cooperate with this grace and do our part.
Since Jesus assumed all that is negative, behind each suffering, each separation, we can discover Jesus himself, one of the "faces" of his abandonment. We can embrace him in those sufferings and divisions, say "yes" to him just as he did when he completely accepted the Father’s will. Then he will live in us - even though we may be in pain - as the Risen Jesus; the peace we regain will be the proof.