Good Friday, April 18

Readings: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 22:1-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 19:1-37

Begin with the above centering prayer, by Peter Traben Haas, as you reflectively read today’s Scriptures.

On this day we are witnesses of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is “Good Friday” because on this day the powers of evil were dethroned by the one whose life could not be taken, but who gave his life that we might have life. It is a day of mixed emotions: sorrow because we identify with his suffering; joy because we know that his death is our salvation. As we contemplate the Way of the Cross—Jesus being condemned to death, nailed to the cross, and placed in the grave, we experience our sins being placed upon him, nailed to his cross, and buried with him in the grave.

———— See Maundy Thursday Reflection Below ————