Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday of the soul...

A torrent of words have, of course, been written on the Crucifixion. Who was responsible? Why was Jesus crucified? Rev. Tilden reminds us of the simple reality that we all suffer the crucifixion as a part of living human life. It matters not your theology or your politics. May your day of crucifixion become the Good Friday of your soul.

Holy Week.
DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION (Scripture Readings)

AND when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. . . One of the malefactors said, . . and we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou contest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shall thou be with me in paradise.
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama, sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, . . saith, I thirst.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Mark xv. Luke xxiii. John xix.

Passion Week of Human Life
CRUCIFIXION (Tilden's Meditation)

FRIDAY stands for The Great Tragedy.
We use the word Crucifixion in a very modified sense, as symbolic of those deep experiences when our fondest hopes are crucified, and the sun that made our life shine with the glory of heaven becomes darkened at noon-day. Not all of us may have come to the Friday of Passion Week; but it lies in our life-path. The River of Life, to some, runs almost without a ripple from source to sea; while, to others, it is full of dashing rapids, falls, whirlpools, and counter-currents. Few do not know of crucified hopes, when we pour out our prayers and tears beneath the olives of our grief. Some show such seasons more than others, and wear the Cross on their garments, as the Crusaders did ; some bear the Cross in their souls, and give no sign. It is only when we have passed on through these experiences that we can understand how the Friday of Crucifixion can become the Good Friday of the soul. "

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