Note: This reflection is meant to share my feelings and thoughts on the Christian observance of Good Friday. I respect the faith traditions of people who in good faith are willing to have dialogue with others.
Today is Good Friday and as usual I’m taking a different spin on it. Sure it’s the day when Jesus went to the cross. It’s the day when chaos broke out. It was the day when love reigned and ruled. The death of Jesus was about coming attractions and the future of humanity. The most important thing to remember is that he lived radically and loved everyone along the way. Without all the work he did his death would not mean as much. For those who say they aren’t worthy of Jesus’ love and sacrifice miss the point because he would not have endured the pain unless he thought we were worth it all. In the light of recent events Jesus reminds us that love should blow the hell out of fear and hate. So on this day of darkness remember the light of love will shine soon enough.
Jesus came into the world to give us a life built on hope, love, grace, peace, mercy, inclusion, generosity. Those are the qualities I hope to reflect. From that perspective hatred, divide, exclusion, fear, greed, violence and injustice are not holy and not things he found favor in. To me our world needs an abundance of the good wile setting aside the bad. Raise up community and to bring people together. Anything less is not accepable. Everyone needs the feeling of being in a place where they feel
Today is Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
On this day I am remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. One embraced by many. To give ones life for the cause of love is a noble one. Today I remember that act. Jesus did so much in a short amount of time that made people whole and brought people together. He was a carpenter so he built community and offered justice to the oppressed. To those who followed him he gave them a life of opportunity to do amazing things. May all of us find ways to emulate the works Jesus in our own way.
When you have a mountain top experience and you see something change before your eyes it can be a moving spiritual experience. Transformation or transfiguration is something that blows your mind in such a way that you kind of bask in the light that shines from it all.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. In many Christian traditions this event is celebrated yearly as a feast day.
Encountering the divine in such a way adds comfort, peace and a desire to rest there. However that is not where life is meant to be lived. You have to take the experience of the mountain to sustain you and keep you through the dark times in the valley below.
No matter your faith there are moments and places that give you comfort and renewal. Celebrate those times when you find yourself transformed a little and may you find comfort to get you through life.
To me Jesus was not a throne sort of guy. A man who spent his ministry in the streets taking care of the least of these was not about having a royal attitude. He spent a lot of time going against the establishment and bringing people together. He was a savior but he was also lover of people who were on the fringes and even the people who were non-religious too. In the world we live today we need less king and more every person.
On this Easter we celebrate a man who rose from the dead but before then He taught the world how to live and to love and that is something his believers have forgotten.