Good Friday Reflection on the Crucifixion

March 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Upon the cross is nailed our whole Christian faith. I decided to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. These are the words of Saint Paul. It seems like, as far as Paul is concerned, we could decide to know nothing else about our faith other than Christ and Him crucified and that would be enough to be one with the Father.– Holy Week is the week were force ourselves to turn our eyes towards the cross. It is right now with this reading here that the cross is right in front of us. — Christ and Him Crucified Christ – the anointed one – the messiah – the king of the Jews – God with us. God, the one through whom all things were made. Jesus one of the persons of the Holy Trinity – that is Lord of all – was crucified.–  That’s the first piece of what we need to know. The second piece is that Christ was crucified. — Crucified – we are too far removed from Jesus day and age to truly understand the magnitude of what the crucifixion actually meant. The closest thing in recent memory that resembles the crucifixion would be the lynchings in the southern states. It was not a simple act of taking someone’s life. It was the stripping away one’s humanity. — Crucifixion, believe it or not, was actually worse than being lynched. When one was lynched they died at the hand of their murder’s. That is not the case with being crucified. People who hung on a Holy Week is the week were force ourselves to turn our eyes towards the cross. It is right now with this reading here that the cross is right in front of us. Christ and Him Crucified Christ – the anointed one – the messiah – the king of the Jews – God with us. God, the one through whom all things were made. Jesus one of the persons of the Holy Trinity – that is Lord of all – was crucified. That’s the first piece of what we need to know. The second piece is that Christ was crucified. Crucified – we are too far removed from Jesus day and age to truly understand the magnitude of what the crucifixion actually meant. The closest thing in recent memory that resembles the crucifixion would be the lynchings in the southern states. It was not a simple act of taking someone’s life. It was the stripping away one’s humanity. Crucifixion, believe it or not, was actually worse than being lynched. When one was lynched they died at the hand of their murder’s. That is not the case with being crucified. People who hung on a Christ and Him Crucified Christ – the anointed one – the messiah – the king of the Jews – God with us. God, the one through whom all things were made. Jesus one of the persons of the Holy Trinity – that is Lord of all – was crucified. That’s the first piece of what we need to know. The second piece is that Christ was crucified. Crucified – we are too far removed from Jesus day and age to truly understand the magnitude of what the crucifixion actually meant. The closest thing in recent memory that resembles the crucifixion would be the lynchings in the southern states. It was not a simple act of taking someone’s life. It was the stripping away one’s humanity. Crucifixion, believe it or not, was actually worse than being lynched. When one was lynched they died at the hand of their murder’s. That is not the case with being crucified. People who hung on a cross, did not die from loss of blood or anything like that, they died of suffocation, due to not being able to relieve the pressure on their lungs by holding their body up using their feet that had nails through them. — They were going to die one way or another – but it was by their own decision to let go – that they did so. — Jesus stripped of his humanity “bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” It was literally a giving up. The way one died on the cross was giving up. — So when we say Jesus gave up his life on the cross to redeem us to the Father, we need to know that it was totally by His own decision from the very beginning right to the very very very end. — Jesus Christ – the anointed one – the messiah – the king of the Jews – God with us. God, the one through whom all things were made. Jesus one of the persons of the Holy Trinity – that is Lord of all. Gave up His life is the most abhorrent way possible in all of history – so that we could be free from sin, and one with Himself. Because that’s all He ever desired. — Christ and Him Crucified.

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Go Do It vs Just Do It

March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

King, of King and Saint, remarked to me the irony of the last sentence of his last post and the title of my which follows right below. “Go Do It!” followed by “The temptations of Just Do It” After going back re-read his article I found there to be less irony than if first apparent, furthermore, I think there the agree with and compliment each other in quite a wonderful way.

The thrust of King’s article is that with inspiration we might find ourselves encouraged to go do what it is that we feel inspired to do. This message is followed by a story of somewhat of a dry spell in creative inspiration. So, King opted not to do overtly creative things. Had he done so he would have just been doing them for the sake of doing them. This is precisely what my sermon warned against. Just doing things for the sake of doing them might lead one to an autopilot kind of life. Lord help us if we switch on to autopilot and miss all the beautiful things of creation that surround us because we were just doing something.

Go do it is a beautiful compliment to don’t just do it because it pushes back again the risk of not doing something because you end up thinking and thinking about it over and over. Life is in movement over the waters.

Surely it is not either or. It is, as is everything, always a balancing act. Nothing will ever be just doing or just go doing. It will always be a mix of just and go… and so it should be.

Do something or don’t,

God Bless,

-Saint

 

 

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