Good Friday Reflection

Rev'd Heather
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 12:00pm

Good Friday Reflection

When I feel angry, when I despair, I turn to the Psalms. Every day when we pray morning and evening prayer, we pray the Psalms. Jesus, too, would have prayed with the Psalms; they are a central part of the Jewish prayers. The Psalms are so full of raw, honest emotion, expressing pain, grief, anger, bewilderment. Yet they are also a place of hope. They talk tooof the goodness of God, of seeing God’s love and justice at work in the world.

Today we hear, as we do each Good Friday, Psalm 22. The original setting of Psalm 22 was written long before the crucifixion, but as we hear it today, we notice parallels emerge. The Psalmist cries out to God with deep pain, just as Jesus does from the cross, with that deep sense of bewilderment and abandonment: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

It is a question that many wrestle with in the midst of such deep pain and suffering: my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? It is a question that we let resound in our worship this Good Friday. We give space in our worship today, more so than on any other day of the year, to bring before God our anguish, our bewilderment, our despair, and the pain of the whole world. We do so because we know that God can carry it. On that first Good Friday, carrying the cross, God carried the pain of the world upon his shoulders.

And we bring before God our anguish, our bewilderment, our despair, our pain, because we trust that God will transform it. Today reading again Psalm 22, we get a glimpse of what is to come this Easter Sunday. As we meditate on Psalm 22, we hear the tone change from despair to hope as the Psalmist ends his song with praise to God; praise to God who turns the depths of sorrow into the height of joy. We are reminded once again that even in the midst of pain we will rediscover hope.

And so today we sit with all who suffer and we hold them in prayer, trusting that God will transform our pain into joy.