Easter Friday Reflections

Friday Morning 

STILL*

By Jan Richardson, for Good Friday

 

This day

let all stand still

in silence,

in sorrow.

 

Sun and moon

be still.

Earth

be still.

 

Still

the waters.

Still

the wind.

 

Let the ground

gape in stunned

lamentation.

 

Let it weep

as it receives

what it thinks

it will not

give up.

 

Let it groan

as it gathers

the One

who was thought

forever stilled.

 

Time

be still.

 

Watch

and wait.

Still.

Allow 10 minutes of silent prayer as you enter the stillness of this Good Friday (you can click on the link below if you want a 10 minute timer with a gong at the beginning and three gongs at the end)

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Read the following passage slowly. Listen for a word or phrase that stands out for you. 

Luke 23:1‭-‭‬25

Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 

So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 

“You have said so,” Jesus replied. 

Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 

But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 

On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 

When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.

Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies. 

Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”

But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.) 

Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” 

For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” 

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

Take 10 minutes for quiet reflection on this scripture passage, inviting the Holy Spirit to breathe life into any words or phrases that have stood out for you.

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As you listen to the following song called Dante's Prayer by Loreena McKinnet, allow it to be an invitation for you to journey in prayer through the silence of unknowing and darkness.

* Acknowledgement: The poem "Still" was drawn from a Good Friday Reflection Resource which was developed by Sarah Rule. For further Good Friday reflections you can find this resource by clicking here. 

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