April 14, 2017 - Good Friday, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Death is in the air. You can feel it. The earth is quiet. Today is a day of mourning. Today is a day of quiet reflection. Today is a day for standing at the foot of the cross.
Jesus’ mother Mary is there. His aunt Elizabeth is there. Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary of Magdala are there, along with John, the disciple Jesus loved.
Even though we might want to, we cannot go back in time and stand at the foot of the cross of Jesus. So maybe we can stand at the foot of the crosses of others.
There are many different crosses in life: divorce, sickness, loneliness, unemployment, fear, anxiety, depression, addiction, heartache, disappointment, self-pity.
How can we stand at the foot of someone’s cross?
First, we can show up. We can be present. Mary, Elizabeth, John, Mary and Mary are there standing at the foot of the cross. They are in terrible pain and agony, but they are there.
Where are the others?
We cannot run away from the crosses in our lives. We must show up and stand there in grief and pain and agony.
Next, we could take our cue from last night. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example. As I have done, so you must do.
We could perform acts of kindness for those nailed to the cross. Little things done, not out of obligation, but out of care and concern and love.
And finally, when someone has been nailed to the cross, we should say little. We cannot take the pain away with our words. So we should take our cue from today and be quiet.
We just need to show up. We don’t need to talk over the hurt.
Today there is stillness. The earth is quiet. Death is in the air.
Today and tomorrow are not days to fill with activities. They are days of mourning. They are days of death. They are days of quiet reflection.
They are days of thinking about how we can better connect our lives to the Passion, Suffering and Death of the One who died on the Wood of the Cross for us.