Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings and best wishes to all those participating in the annual Way of the Cross through Downtown Chicago supported by the Lay Ecclesial Movements in the Archdiocese. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus on the way to Calvary in prayer, song and meditation draws attention in a powerful way to the paradox of the Cross: Christ’s self-emptying love transforms us by filling our lives, our communities and our world with the grace and courage to live the Gospel.
The injustice of Good Friday grips us and sears our hearts, particularly as we think about all those in our world who are living Good Friday every day, plagued by war, famine, poverty and injustice. This is why our celebration of Good Friday must challenge and embolden us to take action in defense of those who are marginalized and discarded. We can do this because as Pope Francis often reminds us, “Christ is always doing something new.” He not only rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, but is risen, active and alive in the world, leading the Church today. All we need do is respond when he invites us: “Come follow me.”
As you make your way through the heart of Chicago in response to Christ’s invitation, may this ancient tradition deepen and nourish your faith as a disciple, particularly as you encounter the Suffering Servant in those you will meet along the way. Together let us continue to build up the Church as we walk with the Lord and with one another, determined to share his love, mercy, reconciliation and hope.
With prayers and every good wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop of Chicago