Good Friday: The Meaning of the Cross

Many people wonder, and even become angry, about God’s ways. In this video for Good Friday, Fr. Mike explains why God’s answers often seem like contradictions to us. While Jesus dying on the Cross makes no sense according to human wisdom, according to God’s perfect wisdom​,​ the Cross answers all our most burning questions in a way only God can answer them. Fr. Mike's videos are also available as podcasts. Find them at MORE FROM ASCENSION: Ascension Press main website: Ascension Presents website: The Great Adventure Blog: SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: Subscribe:

100+ Comments:

Aaron Clark
Aaron Clark:
Another answer i once heard a preacher give (on a radio program) to the question of "why doesn't God just get rid of all the evil in the world?" was, "if He did then He might start with you." Again reminding us that nobody's perfect...
Ed D
Ed D:
Lost my job today and this video helped so much thank you Fr. Mike and god bless
Lifestyle My Style
Lifestyle My Style:
Do not remove Christ in the cross in your life. Because you will always have a cross. You'll always have pain. And if we remove Christ in the cross from our lives, we won't not have a cross, we will always have pain, but we won't have Him. Hold on to the cross.
-this was powerful!!
Luna Sol
Luna Sol:
my Parents died 2 weeks apart  7 days ago and it hurts o dear Lord it hurts  I miss them  and  my Son has  BREAN  Cancer and there no quire   please pray for my family Amen
It's so easy to place the blame on God for everything that goes wrong, but He is not a God of Chaos and Sorrows- He is a God of Love and Mercy- the horrible things that happen are consequences of free choice. Faith in God helps us overcome suffering and emerge strong, maybe even stronger than before.
Mary Fehr
Mary Fehr:
Here's my 2 cents: In the end, it's about obedience...even fighting against our own impulses for creature comforts and putting God's Will above our own. Lent shows us how weak we are when we decide to "give up" something. That last week of Lent is tough. That hymn kept coming to mind: "Behold behold the wood of the cross on which is hung our salvation." It was on repeat constantly for me, and I got through that last week of Lent. It wasn't me. It was Him. I'm not that great of a Christian. But He's helped me alot these past few years.
Santiago Zubieta Rubio
Santiago Zubieta Rubio:
Father, I'm in Rome. Is there something you'd like me to pray for? Know that I will be praying for you.
God bless. Let's pray that we have a good Holy Week.
Johny Jose
Johny Jose:
The cross is how God wins back our trust! Thank you Fr. Mike
Michelle Stolwyk
Michelle Stolwyk:
I love how in love with the Lord you are, Fr. Mike! It is infectious. <3 Have a blessed Easter!
Maria I
Maria I:
You have such love in your heart Father Mike, God bless you
Game Over
Game Over:
And, there's also power in our offering up our pain and suffering, especially for the Holy Souls. God Bless you, Father, and all the folks at Ascension Presents that bring these thought-provoking videos to us. ((Hugs))
Jason Mastrogiacomo
Jason Mastrogiacomo:
Can you do a video on forgiving someone who will never ask for it? (E.g. father divorcing your mother)

Also a video of advice for children of gray divorce altogether. There are surprisingly *no* resources available to for us when it's so prevalent, especially from a Catholic perspective. Issues: Identity, making sense of the past, moving forward in forgiveness, living amidst a broken family when you're trying to nourish your own new family, etc.

It would mean a lot to me, as this has been the greatest hindrance to my once immensely hopeful & fortified faith.

Stephen Lennartz
Stephen Lennartz:
Thank you Fr. Mike. Today is Good Friday, 2019. I have completed a half day of work ... and will be getting ready soon for Stations of the Cross at our parish this afternoon. It has been a wonderful and powerful Lent for me and my family. Your message here is a most-welcomed and appreciated addition to our journey. Thank you and God bless!
Reader of Books
Reader of Books:
Amen. We all--myself very much included--need to constantly pray for humility.
Adrian Dunn
Adrian Dunn:
Thank you for sharing this great message on this Good Friday I have been praying since 6 am this morning on this Good Friday 2019 here in the UK may God be with you today and all that read this message and watch your YouTube video 🙏🇬🇧🇺🇸
Laurie Dreier
Laurie Dreier:
Just sitting here and weeping as I watch the end of this.  I lost my son 11 years ago and every time I think I'm over my anger at God, it comes creeping back in.  Thank you for this, on this Good Friday.
Raimundus Sili
Raimundus Sili:
Today is Good Friday in my place, thanks a lot father for your words...
James Joseph KEATING 4 th
James Joseph KEATING 4 th:
It rains on the good n the bad meaning one ☝️ person not many stop judging whose good or whom is bad. Great 👍 job PADRE
Kerwin Fernandes
Kerwin Fernandes:
Thank u Fr. God bless you! 🙂🙏
sanya dsouza
sanya dsouza:
Fr. you are simply what the world needs today... People like you are what we youngsters need... May the lords wisdom inspire you more n more always. God bless
Jillian Clark
Jillian Clark:
Just watched this and my eyes are opened in a new way today. Thank you Father Mike!! God bless you
Steve Mono
Steve Mono:
You're a precious soul, Michael. But, you support a method of worship that stands against the WHOLE Truth of, God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit from being given to your congregations inside the catholic church. Please begin to prayfully read in The Gospel of John. And let the Jesus begin to show you the WHOLE Truth.❤
Elizabeth Collins
Elizabeth Collins:
Thank you Fathewr Mike Gopd bl;wess [email protected]!!
Thank you Fr. Happy Easter.
Elly GuitarChic
Elly GuitarChic:
thank you
paula cochran
paula cochran:
Never trust the collar trust only Christ never tell them anything go in prayer for yourself
James Joseph KEATING 4 th
James Joseph KEATING 4 th:
Cross up down side side inside outside it’s always the CROSS
Thank you. I needed this!!!
James Joseph KEATING 4 th
James Joseph KEATING 4 th:
Inside and outside also means our TEMPLES live the Part . What we eat becomes US . Defeat our ego’s listen not just hear what this man is saying . His living the part it’s in his 👀👁. Much ❤️ Saint Micheal
Caroline Sa
Caroline Sa:
I listened to this twice, probably will again. Thank you :)
Awesome Fr. Mike! Thank you and God continue to bless you with wisdom and knowledge to proclaim God’s word🙏🏼!
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video rate:
A woman posing as a lawyer screwed me over in the last couple days and the police I believe were wrongfully used against me but all the laws and rules and changes are on their side: I can't stop being angry during Good Friday..
Thank you father,I needed to hear every word u said...
Mary Hirose
Mary Hirose:
This video is a great companion to Fr. Mike's video on why God lets bad things happen.
Wheng Gomez
Wheng Gomez:
i could hardly get it: cross is god's answer to our questions.
Lukasz Porwol
Lukasz Porwol:
I believe we could say... God has all the power, yet He is far from proud. "Ancient gods" like the ones from Greek mythology were powerful, proud and often cruel. That is not the way to be close to your people/children. Fear is opposite to love. We can't love what or who we fear. In contrary, God humiliated himself to the point of shameful death (which in the eyes of the ancient was the crucifixion). He reduced everything He is to nothing, for us, in a spectacle of love.
Mae Beau
Mae Beau:
Hey Fr mike can u do a video on novenas
Walter Kane
Walter Kane:
Father Mike - How does the Cross answer the following? A young boy in a wheelchair is stung to death by bees while investigating a a beautiful rose bush in a hospital garden. This is a true event as reported by a major daily a few years ago. Where is the protection of the Cross for innocents imperiled by "Acts of God"? I'm not trying to bait you here. I really need to hear your take on this. Thank you.
Liyah del Rosario
Liyah del Rosario:
Oh the tears in my eyes...⛪
Thank you Fr. Mike for these videos and your insight. Have a Blessed Holy Week.
Bar Talmay
Bar Talmay:
Dear Father Mike, Thank You for all Your videos. Could You please make a video about Judas Iscariot? Sometimes, in my heart I feel he was just used by God, as a mere actor, and not really guilty.. I know God is love, and there must be an answer to that... but I need someone's help. Thank You, happy Ester in Jesus. God bless
Flurry Heart
Flurry Heart:
Thank you Father Mike!
James Joseph KEATING 4 th
James Joseph KEATING 4 th:
Christ did it on the outside 4 us to receive him on our inside
Shahroz iqbal
Shahroz iqbal:
Love for my prophet Essa ibne Mariam the mentor and a beautiful soul a beautiful person love Jesus pbuh and love to my Jacobian brother's Christians love Essa ibne Mariam Jesus Christ pbuh
juan cuello
juan cuello:
Not one scripture... smdh
Emily Abe
Emily Abe:
So does that mean I can add the cross to all of the fall back answers I use at Sunday school (like Jesus and Holy) XD

Good message, Fr. Mike
Joseph Holt
Joseph Holt:
Nino Ventimiglia
Nino Ventimiglia:
Father Mike, i love your videos and I was wondering if you could make a video on if catholics can wear crucifixes. Thanks! god bless!
Sandra Johnston
Sandra Johnston:
Thank you Fr. Mike, Love Always for the Cross. Sandy
Maria Tamayo
Maria Tamayo:
Father, thank you so so much for these videos. Thank you for this message. Thank you.
Christina Hidalgo
Christina Hidalgo:
thank you Father Mike, your words & explanation are clear & so meaningful. God Bless you always.
Linda Jamme
Linda Jamme:
Thanks Fr Mike. As always, great topics explained simply and in a way I never thought of before. This has been my most meaningful lent and I really have learned to sacrifice.
I don't know if you have or will ever hit on this subject, but I was wondering about cremation. My husband who was baptized catholic but never went any farther with any religious training and only goes to church with me on a very rare occasion. He wants to have some of his ashes scattered and the rest can be buried. I know the church has a problem with this but yet we can have relics on a chain around our neck. It's not like everyone would get a vial of ashes. He wants them scattered on a lake where we went for 2 weeks every summer for years. Can you give me an answer that I can explain why we can't do this? My priest at Epiphany, whom I think the world of, did not answer me so that I can explain it to my hubby. He basically let me know the church is against this.
Thank you. May God continually bless you
D E:
Amen Father🙏
Mary J
Mary J:
thank you father! have a blessed holy week
Bozena Zmurko
Bozena Zmurko:
All the Best Father Mike. May God keep YOU safe. Today on Holy Thursday 2017,and each day of Your life. JZ
Cesar Mananes
Cesar Mananes:
"I won't have the cross but i will still have the pain... Hold on to the cross." Thank you for these powerful words.
Monika L
Monika L:
Thank You
Dell Chica
Dell Chica:
Father you are distractingly cute. But great talk anyway!
Anne McGuire
Anne McGuire:
Thank you. I needed this.
Helina Michael
Helina Michael:
What a blessing to watch this video on Good Friday 2018 Gods word is faithful and remains the same forever and always.
Anthony Gomes
Anthony Gomes:
Hold on to the cross
Diane Jones
Diane Jones:
Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. Without the shedding of blood their is no forgiveness of sin.
Htebazile Arm
Htebazile Arm:
Have Mercy on us, Lord, Jesus, . . .Mama Mary, Pray for Us.
Katie Newcamp
Katie Newcamp:
Thank you for your videos. They bring a lot of grace to me and my walk with the Lord. This is definitely a message that I will carry with me. Thank you for teaching us more about the faith and for deepening my understanding of the Cross.
Ziyadi Faudile
Ziyadi Faudile:
Jesus did not wear a cross, And much less he did not worship it.
Mary Stachowiak
Mary Stachowiak:
This Good Friday, I was Praying at the
lake, hating the Cross and the Barbarians who did such horrors..
I felt a stirring, looked down, as a wave brought an agate up to my feet. It was in the shape of Jesus' Purple Heart...
Claudia Vlahović
Claudia Vlahović:
Mary Stachowiak
Mary Stachowiak:
This year I'm Praying for the Pope. The Bride of Christ is now being watered down to become Lukewarm.
The Allowances, The Lord's Prayer, The Our Father, changed?
I Pray first, To the Father in Heaven, the sadness felt by The Trinity above us, to be lessened...
Butterfly Kisses
Butterfly Kisses:
Is this day a Holy day obligation?
José María Canalda Moreu
José María Canalda Moreu:
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Que miras sigue bajando ....xD
Patrick D
Patrick D:
God bless you Father Mike!
The meaning of The Cross is very simply Our Good LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST Who chose to die on His Cross at Calvary 2000 yrs ago to Die for our Sins! Pure n simple! No need to perform non biblical 'sacraments' n 'rituals' to please HIM. So simple!!!
Aja S.
Aja S.:
Thanks, Fr. Mike
Aiyman Khan
Aiyman Khan:
That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-

— Qur'an, sura 4 (An Nisa) ayat157–158[6]
Cynthia Gonzalez
Cynthia Gonzalez:
God bless Father Mike.
Jesus:To be Christian means abandoning yourself in full humility at My Feet
Jesus:To be Christian means abandoning yourself in full humility at My Feet:
Your beloved Jesus Christ, Saviour and Redeemer of all Humanity: My loyal sacred servants, who remain true to My Word, will rise and guide you = El Aviso de Dios = CRUSADEPRAYERGROUP dotORG
Thalia Rose
Thalia Rose:
Glory to Jesus Christ our Lord God
Happy. Easter to whom overheads this. May our sins be forgiven. in secuolam secular( sic?)
Maria Stephens
Maria Stephens:
I love you Fr. Mike. This was good. Thank you. For the first time in a while I felt like I was learning something in a way I'd always used to. And that way was learning about Jesus... and encountering Jesus in the middle of the lesson. It's good to experience that again.
Thank you Father Mike. That really helped me understand better.
Ossi imomm
Ossi imomm:
Wowww as always, this is so ... I jus hope everyone could understand this, people is missing so much, But for now Im not thanks a lot
Monique Ocampo
Monique Ocampo:
James Bond
James Bond:
Can you make a video about the significance of confirmation. And you inspire me to be a better person.
Luc Lub
Luc Lub:
krzyz mam w sercu wiare mam ale nie mam sil
Vince Wyn
Vince Wyn:
the 13th-century religious woman who brought us Corpus Christi: She Received visions from Christ, who pointed out that there was no feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. Based on this, she promoted the additional of what became the feast of Corpus Christi. 😇st Juliana of Liege 🙏🏻4us
Vince Wyn
Vince Wyn:
During his solitary confinement he prayed: "I am happy here, in this cell, where white mushrooms are growing on my sleeping mat, because You are here with me, because You want me to live here with You. I have spoken much in my lifetime: now I speak no more. It's Your turn to speak to me, Jesus; I am listening to You". Ps 18:2-3a, In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
Cardinal Francis-Xavier Thuan V Nguyen 🙏🏻4us
Glenn Hubble
Glenn Hubble:
True and Great words.
r 123
r 123:
love this video and it made me realize a lot💟✝️
Derp LeDerp
Derp LeDerp:
So, I was reading Wicked (a very good book) and found a quote that describes you."I think..if ministers are effective, they are good at asking questions to get you to think. I don't think they are supposed to have the answers."I thought of you because you present questions that make me think.
Jesus Mendoza
Jesus Mendoza:
How is it that you believe all that about the Cross, but yet believe that we still need to have good works? Is his death a resurrection not enough? What did he mean by, "It is finished"?
Yes' father Mike', and thankyou., please also notice me here, so I could be filled with your sessions of full blessings father through prayers, Godbless father' cheerish me also father, here. amen.🙏🙎🙍🙌🙏👴.
Alexa Boxler
Alexa Boxler:
Thanks for the reminder!
Dangerous D
Dangerous D:
Im new x Hi
John Fraughton
John Fraughton:
Father Mike, I wrote this for a friend who was going through some really tough times many years ago. I believe it is as pertinent now as it was then. I hope you like it.Feel free to share if you like.

I know a man who has a problem
he really thinks is great.
He walks around in a fog all day.
You wouldn’t believe his state.
What he doesn’t realize is
there are many worse than him.
The chances that he has the worst problem
are really very slim.
His cross is small compared to most,
I know, I’ve seen a lot.
I’ve seen the doctor, and the lawyer
and the ordinary sot.
What gets me is that all of them
are ready to give up.
And to these “brothers of infamy”
I hereby raise my cup.
For no one knows much greater than I,
And it makes me want to swear.
That only ONE MAN in history
Really had a large Cross to bear.
Nice video couple weeks before Good Friday. Thinking about my return back to my Church’s belief around late 1980’s.
Thank you Jesus, I can never repay what you have done for me these last 30 plus years.
Ron B.
Ron B.:
it's hard not to hate you at this moment in time
lissy george
lissy george:
Thanks father mike.. once again u have shared with us our Lords message in a ver touching , meaningful and understandable way ..Thanks a lot ..God bless you ..
Jack Pitre
Jack Pitre:
Love this

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