Good Friday, April 6, 2012
For a reflection on the lectionary readings, read Brother James at http://dominicanes.me
Not My Fault
by Marjorie George
It’s not my fault, said Pilate, as he washed his hands of the whole “Jesus problem.”
It’s not my fault, I said, as I climbed onto the city busses in the 1950’s and observed the sign saying, “Colored, seat from the back of the bus.”
It’s not my fault that some soldier went berserk in Afghanistan and killed innocent women and children.
It’s not my fault that on the west side of San Antonio gangs roam the streets, not even just at night any more, shooting and killing at will. I live out here in the quiet suburbs, just minding my own business.
It’s not my fault that in its infancy, humankind ignored God’s invitation to live with Him in Paradise and chose instead to try to replace him with its own ego.
It’s not my fault when I lose my temper with my family, or choose not to speak up when I see my community leaning toward selfishness, or distance myself from the messiness and cruelty of this society. I’m only human, you know.
By choice, God in Christ became part of the human family. By choice, Christ walked among us, telling us and teaching us to love one another, to care about each other. By choice, Christ on the cross experienced the sins of all humankind. By choice, Christ gathered – and still gathers — us into one human family and forgives us for all those sins that are not our fault.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (The collect for Good Friday.)
Walking the Way of the Cross
In the fall of 2001, parishioners from Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, South Carolina, traveled to New York City to provide respite service for workers at Ground Zero. These 14 photos, taken by Advent parishioners, became for them, and now for us, Stations of the Cross.