St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 19, 2019
First Lesson: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Second Lesson: Hebrews 10:16-25
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42
Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak with them. Take our minds and think through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.”
In a meditation on Good Friday, the Rev’d Martin Smith once wrote, “He was numbered with the transgressors, crucified between the thieves. We will not find him in our hearts except in the same company. For each Good Friday to be good the Spirit must take us by the hand and re-establish our contact with that inmost core of recalcitrant evil, enmity and impotence where we are sisters and brothers of the most depraved and lost. That is where Christ is, clasping them with his pierced hands.” Continue reading