January 18, 2021

Good Friday 2017

Good Friday 2017

Crucifixion, Altdorfer

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It is immensely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to suffer in the freedom of one’s own responsible deed. It is immensely easier to suffer with others than to suffer alone. It is immensely easier to suffer openly and honorably than apart and in shame. It is immensely easier to suffer through commitment of physical life than in the spirit.

Christ suffered in freedom, alone, apart and in shame, in body and spirit, and since then many Christians have so suffered with him.

• Dietrich Bonhoeffer


  1. Surely he hath borne our griefs…

  2. There was a man who spoke from unfortunate experience.

  3. A cloudy gray day
    but underfoot in the street
    countless white petals

  4. In shame…do we really know what that is? Do we really contemplate the meaning of the cross as it meant to those who witnessed it? Or are we only too ready to move on to the Resurrection because the Cross is too difficult to comprehend.

    I commend my Catholic and Orthodox brethren for their meditations on the passion.

    • Everybody wants to be resurrected but nobody wants to be crucified.

      Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

      • We are far more familiar with crucifixion, with suffering at the hands of others, or making others suffer at our own hands, how it looks and feels, than we are with resurrection; the world and its history, our own lives, teach us that it’s as common as rain, and as hard to avoid, though we try hard to. By comparison, resurrection is an unknown, except when we think of it as simple and natural renewal of life, like flowers coming back in the Spring. But, of course, the resurrection of Jesus is not simple and natural renewal, and is all tangled up with crucifixion. It is an unknown, and can be scary when we think about it.

  5. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross…”

    My human mind cannot comprehend. Thank you, Jesus.

  6. Susan Dumbrell says

    and carried our sorrows.
    By his stripes we are healed.

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