Friday 7 April 2023

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Good Friday

Day of fast and abstinence

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12. Father, I put my life in your hands – Psalm 30(31):2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25. Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9. John 18:1 – 19:42.

Victory belongs to God

When Christ was crucified, evil believed it had won. Pilate sensed something much deeper in this man the chief priests dragged before him. He wanted to release him, but was frightened and weak. The spin doctors among the chief priests twisted the charge from blasphemy to saying he was a king, and therefore a challenger to Rome. Out of fear of Rome, Pilate handed him over to be crucified. Darkness had filled the earth. But no. Mercy won. The veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. It is God’s action. The veil which kept people out of the Holy of Holies is torn asunder. People of good will, people of soul, people who respond to the language of mercy, rather than the language of power, now have access to God. So, for John the evangelist, the moment of crucifixion is the moment of glory. God had won.

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