Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 31
Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent
“It was my sin that held him there.”
What did you feel as you read today’s Wisdom reading? Was it perhaps familiarity because you saw how these verses apply to Christ—“he boasts that God is his father” (Wis 2:16)? Or perhaps it was sadness at the wanton death of the righteous at the hands of the unrighteous—“if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him. Let us test him with insult and torture… let us condemn him to a shameful death” (Wis 2:18-20)? Today’s John’s reading has some of this sorrow as well, doesn’t it? The unrighteous seek to kill the righteous Jesus (Jn 7:1, 30). Part of our sorrow is not just the unjustness of such a malevolent perversion of justice, but the dawning realization that we are the unjust who partake in this malevolent injustice. Anyone who has been here for Palm Sunday or Good Friday knows the chilling effect as we all cry out in unison, “Crucify him!” In many ways, Wisdom is speaking of us. We are the ones who condemn Jesus to a shameful death. As one hymnwriter put it, “It was my sin that held him there.” Today, we are two weeks away from Good Friday. So, as we journey towards the Cross with Jesus, may we not ignore that sorrow, our own sorrow at our own sin, that crucified our Lord and Savior.
O God, who hast given us the Good News of thine abounding love in thy Son Jesus Christ: So fill our hearts with thankfulness that we may rejoice to tell abroad the good tidings we have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.