The crucifixion of Jesus is a horrible thing to contemplate. The cross was often shown as green in the thirteenth century, because Jesus’ death also brought life. On this day of sorrow, I am trying to hold the paradox of life-death in my mind, heart, and body with gratitude and peace.
Jesus, I am so sorry. And so grateful.
The soldiers brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Mark 15:22
Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1Peter 2:24 (Both NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
As you contemplate what Jesus’ death on the cross means to you, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: The thirteenth century Tabernacle of Saint Aignan at the Chartres Cathedral in France. It is used exclusively on Maundy Thursday night for the Vigil in the crypt.
Other posts in this series:
Holy Week in Chartres (1): Palm Sunday
Holy Week in Chartres (2): Mary Prepares Jesus for His Death
Holy Week in Chartres (3): The Blessing of the Oils
Holy Week in Chartres (4): Jesus’ Last Meal with His Disciples