Good Friday, April 18, 2014



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, Good Friday, by M. Shawn Copeland from Pax Christi USA's Lenten reflection booklet from 2003. If you are participating in one of the dozens of Good Friday Way of the Cross witnesses which are occurring in cities across the nation, I invite you to share your photos on our Facebook page or on your Twitter account with the hashtag #WayoftheCross.




By M. Shawn Copeland


Isaiah 52:13-53:12 | Hebrews 4:14-16 | John 18:1-19:42


Today, the suffering, violence and brutality that we human beings inflict on one another are caught up in the memorial of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. God in human flesh embraces his fate and takes up the cross for love of us.


Enslaved Africans in the United States knew in their flesh what it meant to suffer. They never mitigated the horror, but they recognized their own suffering in Jesus' torture and death. Forbidden by law and custom to learn to read and write, these humble women and men listened with open hearts and keen ears to the sermons that treated the passion and death of Jesus. Their oppression gave them an epistemological privilege - they understood his vulnerability and pain, they grasped his love. They took comfort from his loving solidarity and, in return, sought to comfort him. They poured out their love in songs and moans that transcended the boundaries of time and space. As Jesus stood with them in their sufferings, they would stand with Jesus in his...


To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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