While the gospel for Palm Sunday varies from cycle to cycle, every year on Good Friday we read the Gospel of John where it all goes according to plan. As Pope Benedict points out even Chiaphas is doing God's will, even though he doesn't know it.
When we reflect on the gruesomeness of the crucifixion, how can anyone doubt the love of the God of Christianity. Our faith proclaims a God who so wanted to be united with us, and prove his love for us, that he became incarnate, and endured more suffering than most of us could ever imagine.
Today we venerate the cross, knowing that we need not fear any cross that life might bring