Good Friday

Reflection on Good Friday

Our faith has its basis in an absence. The fullness of our spiritual life is the fruit of an emptiness. The King we serve is crowned with thorns, has been beaten and scorned and spat at, has been enthroned on a cross. He opens his arms in the gesture of embrace, only to be nailed to the wood.

This is the paradox of the whole of our Christian commitment: today, Good Friday, the tabernacles are empty in churches throughout the world and the Eucharist is reserved in a special place, while we wait for the astonishing news that greeted those who went to the tomb to mourn their friend and Lord: there is nothing in the tomb – it is merely an empty space.

The best news we can ever hope to receive is expressed in a negative sentence that conveys the most positive fact in all human history: “He is NOT here”. The passivity of the Passion, in which he is the silent victim, becomes the glorious surge of activity as he rises from the dead.

As we wait for the light, the bells and the hallelujahs of Easter Day, we pray that the light may illuminate those who have power and responsibility; that the bells may be music in the ears of those who suffer; and that our voices may be heard by all the doubters and mockers as we greet the risen Christ with our joyful songs.

Maranatha, Lord Jesus.
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Our faith has its basis in an absence. The fullness of our spiritual life is the fruit of an emptiness. The King we serve is crowned with thorns, has been beaten and scorned and spat at, has been enthroned on a cross. He opens his arms in the gesture...
Our faith has its basis in an absence. The fullness of our spiritual life is the fruit of an emptiness. The King we serve is crowned with thorns, has been beaten and scorned and spat at, has been enthroned on a cross. He opens his arms in the gesture of embrace, only to be nailed to the wood. This is the paradox of the whole of our Christian commitment: today, Good Friday, the tabernacles are empty in churches throughout the world and the Eucharist is reserved in a special place, while we wait for the astonishing news that greeted those who went to the tomb to mourn their friend and Lord: there is nothing in the tomb – it is merely an empty space. The best news we can ever hope to receive is expressed in a negative sentence that conveys the most positive fact in all human history: “He is NOT here”. The passivity of the Passion, in which he is the silent victim, becomes the glorious surge of activity as he rises from the dead. As we wait for the light, the bells and the hallelujahs of Easter Day, we pray that the light may illuminate those who have power and responsibility; that the bells may be music in the ears of those who suffer; and that our voices may be heard by all the doubters and mockers as we greet the risen Christ with our joyful songs. Maranatha, Lord Jesus. <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/" rel="license"><img class="aligncenter" style="border-width: 0;" src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License" /></a> This work is licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/pf_contact/contact-us" rel="cc:morePermissions">http://www.fraternitiesop.com/pf_contact/contact-us</a>.

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