A Really Good Friday.

Last night we observed communion and I delivered a brief meditation on “Jesus as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”

I awoke this morning humming “up from the grave he arose”, an indication of how difficult it is to suspend the good news of Sunday’s resurrection story from the sorrow, pain and agony of Passion week.

Today at noon I plan to ring the bells at our community church twelve times and again at 3PM three times. It seems odd to me that for some of us this day is one of preoccupation with Jesus death and for others it is just another day, or a day off.

I am not being judgmental in saying this. I remember getting a call one Good Friday in Chicago from a Volvo dealer who had identified the used Volvo I was looking for. I bought a car at 3PM and drove it home. How easily I was distracted from my devotion to remembering Jesus suffering.

Stopped by Teezer’s where Carolyn announced that when she heard I was on the History Channel, her first thought was, “I had no idea Dick was THAT old.”

Mel Gibson broke the silence about his life’s unraveling and in the midst of the interview gave a truly thoughtful description  of the higher calling of film to entertain, educate and elevate. “And the end of the day, it’s what did they think of that? Did they get something from it? Were they entertained? Were they educated? Were they elevated? Were they all three? You know, which is really good? Entertain, educate, elevate. I think that’s what Jodie did [in The Beaver]. If you can get all three of those, you’ve got the Trifecta going.”

When I got to the office my friend Jeff Keuss’ selections of Good Friday poems made my day. Please take time to read it.

It is a good Friday already and it is only 9:20 AM. The day got it’s name from “good” in the ancient sense of “pious.” Jesus is goodness embodied and today I am reminded, “all we like sheep have gone astray, yet the Lord has laid on him the iniquities of us all.”

Now that is good news, but Sunday’s coming and the news gets even better.

 

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  1. 042211 | Dick Staub on April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

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