Jesus was betrayed by Judas, Peter and the crowds who had welcomed him just days earlier. He was arrested, interrogated, tortured, paraded through a mockery of a judicial system and publicly humiliated. He was executed on a garbage dump between two common criminals. But in spite of all of this, he remained utterly faithful to God’s will. He did not betray the ones who betrayed him. He engaged in an act of sacrificial love as one who did not sin on behalf of all who do and, by his death, fundamentally changed our relationship with God, others and ourselves. On this Friday of Holy Week, when you are tempted to think of what happened on the cross as ancient history, may the power of Jesus’ compassion, salvation and redemption – for you and the world – grip you and never let go.