Good Friday Meditation
Good Friday MeditationJohn 19:16b-42
Today we remember the execution of Jesus and his slow, painful, cruel death. We look back upon the crucifixion of our Lord and think, how barbaric. Are we any less barbaric today? Children have deadly chemicals poured down upon them from God’s good sky in Syria. The U.S. follows by dropping a bomb over Afghanistan; a bomb never used before and so big it has to be put in the belly of a particularly large aircraft and pushed out over its target of the guilty and deserving as well as the undeserving innocent.
On our own streets in California we allow people to die of hunger and exposure. Across the U.S. people are still killed, young and old, just because of the color of their skin. Around the globe persons are valued according to how much money is in their check book rather than the fact that we are all equally the children of the God most high. Are these things any less barbaric than the crucifixion of our Lord?
As Christians who remember Jesus’ crucifixion and acknowledge that his death was for our sake and the sake of the whole world, are we ready to be serious about our faith? True faith in our crucified Lord would take his sacrifice seriously. It was for our sin that Jesus died.
On this Good Friday, can we commit to Jesus and his love for the world, beyond the passing grief of the day? I believe it will take daily examining our lives, individually and collectively, and intentionally and boldly standing on the side of Jesus who was willing to give his life so that others might live, and live abundantly.
In the silence of the death of our Lord, let us consider what it means to be faithful disciples of Jesus who thought we were all worth dying for.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño