Good Friday 2021

Reflection for Good Friday

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains but a single seed.
But, if it dies, it produces many seeds – so says Jesus in the Gospels.
Because of this day, death, pain, and tragedy are not the be all and end all of things;
they are the very things that God can use to bring healing, wholeness and renewal.

Through the life death and resurrection of Jesus,
God took the whole of life upon him or herself, and transformed it into saving grace.
Through the life of Jesus, God embraced our lives, our world, the whole of creation;
in all its glory, and in all its destructiveness, and gave it meaning.

This day tells us that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God;
neither death nor life, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth nor anything in the whole of creation.
So St Paul tells us in Romans 8.

On this day Jesus chose to not remain but a single seed,
but allow himself to fall into the ground and die, that many more seeds may be produced.
In other words, because Jesus embraced the whole of humanity,
including the painful and destructive bits;
through our participation in his life and love we can do the same,
and God can use our lives, to bring healing and wholeness to our world.

All our Good Fridays can be transformed into Easter Sundays.
The life and death and resurrection of Jesus changes everything.
Everyone has gone through a whole host of Good Friday’s in this last year.
we have all had losses that we have had to come to terms with,
many have hung on the cross of loneliness and isolation,
of stress and emotional turmoil, of anxiety and worry;
others on the cross of physical pain and suffering.

But this day tells us that Easter resurrection is coming.
The natural world around us is waking up to new and renewed life,
coming out of its winter isolation.
Seeds have fallen, died, and are now exploding into new life.

And for us too, resurrection and renewal will take place.
God will use the turmoil of this last year to awaken us to something new and beautiful.
Everything is grist for the mill. All we have to do is place it into God’s hands.
We have seen the devastation of this pandemic, + we have seen signs of heroic love.
Let’s place our world and ourselves alongside the transforming cross of Christ.
And allow God to do what God does, and see what holy love can do.