Friday 18 April, 2014 (GOOD FRIDAY)
THE BEGINNINGS OF NEW LIFE
Matthew 27:45-56At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.(vs 28)
One of the pivots on which the Christian journey turns is the death of Christ on Good Friday. It is traditionally a day of mourning, of grief and of repentance for sins. In our path towards Easter, it is a good opportunity indeed to reflect on where we are making mistakes, where we have hurt ourselves and others and the things we have done that crucify the God within us, as we have been made in his image.
But already in this reading from Matthew we see the second half of the story beginning, the story of new life. The curtain of the Temple is torn in two, symbolising Christ destroying the walls we have built between ourselves and God by choosing self-destructive action and selfish deeds. It’s a wall that God never wanted between us, a wall that we have built, and Jesus rips it apart. Tradition holds that the bodies of the saints rise from the dead as Christ dies. The message of Resurrection and restoration is beginning to be told even as Jesus breathes his last on the cross. It is a wonderful symbol of the uncontainable love of God, desperate to rescue us from ourselves.
Prayer † Pray a traditional Good Friday prayer; use the day to meditate on the areas of your life you seek to change or leave behind. Amen.
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