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    Seven Last Words: Reunion

    By Rev. Jacob Smith

    Our ser­mon text for this Good Fri­day is the 7th word spo­ken from the cross which comes from Luke 23:46, where Jesus says in a loud voice, “Father into your hands I com­mend my Spirit.”\

    One of the pro­found real­i­ties that we learn from the cross is that Chris­tian­ity, con­trary to any other belief sys­tem, is actu­ally extremely coun­ter­in­tu­itive.  It is as my for­mer col­league the Rev. Nancy Hanna use to say, “Chris­tian­ity is ‘Flip-flop Sense.”’ For exam­ple Good is Asso­ci­ated with the dark­est Fri­day in human his­tory, the cross a bru­tal instru­ment of exe­cu­tion is now a sym­bol of life and peace.

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    Holy Week Reflection: Wednesday

    By Fr. Robert Solon, Jr.

    The Triduum–the Sacred Three Days–is the most sig­nif­i­cant and solemn time of our year.   And it is nigh upon us, begin­ning tomor­row, Maundy Thurs­day, and end­ing after the Great Vigil of Easter on Sat­ur­day night or Sunday early.

    Many have said a lot about Holy Week, and you can read as much about it online or else­where as you wish.  There’s no dearth of words about this time.  But I’d hope and sug­gest this:  Don’t depend on the words.  It does no good sim­ply to know in one’s head that Jesus entered Jerusalem in Tri­umph, or that his last night on earth was the Thurs­day after, or that on Fri­day he was lit­er­ally nailed to two planks of wood through his hands and feet.  It’s not even good enough to youtube it or look at stills of it.  It’s meant to be expe­ri­enced, to be felt, touched, sung, smelled, tasted.…

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    Holy Week Reflection: Tuesday

    By Matthew Paul Buccheri

    Later, know­ing that all was now com­pleted, and so that the Scrip­ture would be ful­filled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vine­gar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hys­sop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is fin­ished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

    If there’s one Greek word that Eng­lish speak­ers need to under­stand in order to grasp the pro­fun­dity of Good Fri­day, it’s the Greek word tete­lestai, which means, “It is fin­ished.” Because on a cer­tain Fri­day after­noon, on that dark and bleak day, some 2000 years ago, one man, in the last moment of his life, would utter this one word–A word that would change the course of his­tory; a word that word com­plete the task of God.

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    Holy Week Reflection: Monday

    By Matthew Paul Buccheri

    37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives…the whole crowd of disciples…began joyfully…to praise God in loud voices for all the mir­a­cles they had seen:
    38”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
    “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

    39Some of the Phar­isees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

    40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

    In the ancient world, espe­cially in Rome, when a king was about to enter the impe­r­ial city, the cit­i­zens beneath his rule, would have rushed out to meet his procession.…

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    Seven Last Words: Triumph

    By Rev. Jacob Smith

    Through­out the sea­son of Lent we have been walk­ing through the Seven Last Word’s of Christ.  As I have said, the seven last words come from the seven last state­ments of Jesus found in all four Gospels and func­tion as a thread which weaves the four Gospel accounts together, mak­ing the cross story one pro­found tes­ti­mony of God’s unquench­able love for human­ity, specifically you.

    Back in 1998, that great radio show, “This Amer­i­can Life” aired a pro­gram which revolved around the theme of people’s last words.…

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