Tuesday 13th March 2018

Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him and fled

Good Friday is one of the most important days of the Christian Year.
Along with Christmas and Easter it is at the heart of our Christian faith,
and yet many Christians choose to avoid the worship on this day.
I know the church will be full on Easter morning
but Good Friday sees much fewer numbers for its Liturgies.
And yet, without Good Friday there would be no Easter Sunday,
without Good Friday there would be no Christian Faith.
Perhaps the reason for poor attendance on Good Friday
is the emotional impact that the worship on this day has upon us.
Easter and Christmas are days of celebration and joy,
but Good Friday takes us into the region of sorrow, pain and vulnerability.
Maybe this lent it is time for each of us to explore
our feelings towards Good Friday, how we normally spend it, and why.
Reflections over the coming days will explore the devotions for this day.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life was full of Easter Days
without the shadows of Good Friday surrounding them?
But then, without Good our Good Friday’s there would be no Easter Day.
The things in life that bring us the most joy and happiness,
also have the potential to bring us the deepest of pain and sorrow as well.
A particular friendship can fill us with wonder and delight,
but when we are close to someone we suffer when they suffer.
Without bitterness, nothing would taste sweet.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday belong together,
both in our worship and in our daily lives.
It is impossible to have one without the other.
We can’t avoid our Good Fridays they are the very thing
that help us recognise and truly experience our Easter moments.
Let’s not avoid this coming one if we can possibly help it,
it is the doorway to resurrection and life in all its fullness.