Holy Week

Good Friday

April 14, 2006
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Reading 4: 
John 18:1-19:42
By John B. Cobb, Jr.

The lectionary readings for this day are lengthy, including two chapters from the Gospel of John. These constitute a deeply moving account of how an innocent man was unjustly convicted, executed, and buried. It has been read by hundreds of millions of people and has deepened their devotion. Much sacrificial and loving action has come about because of its effects. Verse by verse it is a rich source of homiletical material.

Good Friday

March 25, 2005
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
By Joseph A. Bracken

In many respects, Good Friday for Christians is like Yom Kippur for Jews: a day of asking forgiveness for one’s sins of the past and promising to lead a better life with the help of divine grace in the future. Yet, beneficial as these rituals of atonement may be for one’s personal spiritual life, they still sometimes raise questions about our ongoing relationship to God. Does God require specific penitential practices as a condition of offering us forgiveness for our sins?

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