Good Friday!

Submitted by hci3-usr on Friday, March 25, 2016 - 07:36

Newtown, CT – March 25, 2016

With smoke billowing out of subway entrances and airports, streets and cafés, neighborhoods and parks, sparked by hatred, prejudice, warped ideologies and theologies, it’s hard to see the Light beyond – On this Holy Day for Christians worldwide, one marked by fear, pain and death, the run-up has been sadly appropriate. Innocent lives sacrificed on an altar already red with the blood of far too many. And in a misinterpretation of biblical text, in which an eye for an eye concludes in a life for a life, the cycle of death never ends. For many, that’s just fine, because their warped ideology calls for an end of times, a dark end to a dark world. It’s appropriate then to remember why Christians call it Good Friday despite its apparent sad finality. Because from this day to the next, light conquers darkness, good conquers evil, hope conquers despair. So for all who might fall prey to the cycle of death, for whom retaliation is more important than redemption, we offer these words from the One who willingly sacrificed his life for the world:

Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted;

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the world;

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall have their fill;

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy;

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see the face of God;

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God; and

Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice’s sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Francois Sig

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