endobj Notre Dame Mass. “The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. Thanks to Isaiah and the author of Hebrews, we are well prepared to hear the story of the Passion and Death of the Lord. Thirdly, we learn that Pilate wanted to ‘satisfy the crowd’, so he released Barabbas. We will keep your details safe and you can unsubscribe at any time.
She has appeared once before in this gospel at the marriage feast of Cana.
During Holy Week this year, we hear the Passion narratives from Mark’s Gospel, on Palm Sunday, and John’s Gospel, on Good Friday. John expands on this by adding the detail of a seamless tunic which the soldiers refused to tear. This Servant song fits well on Good Friday, because many echoes of it can be picked up in the Passion accounts of the gospels, reflecting Christian belief that the Servant is a figure of Christ – a belief made explicit in the words of Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:34-35). What sort of King have we here? It is worthwhile to compare the portrait of Jesus as king that comes across in the Passion narrative of John. You are subscribing to receive regular emails from Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, which will alert you to our new content as well as resources from our archive and other Jesuit works that may be of interest to you. May God bless and protect you all. In confrontation with his opponents, Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realise that I am he’ (John 8:28). Lord, Teach Us To Pray. Many commentators on John have sound grounds for describing the cross as not so much an instrument of suffering but a throne.
Cyprian saw the undivided tunic as representing the unity of the church. Here Jesus is being tested, as we have read already in the Letter to the Hebrews. On Good Friday, we are invited to meet the Jesus whose final days mirrored those of this Servant. <> The reader may remember how this same word was used at the beginning of the gospel: the glory of the Word made flesh was ‘full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). He makes of these two a new family to which the multitude of those who will belong to his kingdom in the ages to come will belong. The note about not a bone being broken is a quotation from instructions given long ago, on the preparations of the Pascal Lamb for sacrifice (Exodus 12:36). Mark reported how those who crucified Jesus then divided his clothes among themselves (Mark 15:24). First, there is remote preparation through John’s use of a phrase to which we have already referred in discussing Isaiah. Lord, have mercy. The story of the Passion, which follows in the Good Friday liturgy, will do this.
We then proceed to the Veneration of the Cross; thanks to what we have heard from Isaiah, Hebrews and John, we are to recognise the figure on it as Servant, Priest and King. The Mother and the Disciple (John 19:25-27). The third and central scene of John’s account of Jesus raised on the cross, finds him speaking to two who are standing next to it. 2 0 obj A quotation from Zechariah indicates the response the evangelist is looking for: we too are to look on the one we have pierced, an indication of our response in repentance to these events (Zechariah 12:10). The mood for this celebration is set by three readings from Scripture, which invite us to meet the Lord Jesus under three aspects: as Servant, as Priest, and as King.
He was the Roman prefect, or governor, of Judaea, the one with supreme power in that world. The high priest on occasions wore a seamless tunic, and so maybe there is a hint here of Christ as priest. As for the water and blood which came from his side, these recall the living water which Ezekiel had seen in his vision of the water of life flowing from the Temple in Jerusalem, bringing fruitfulness and new life (Ezekiel 47:1). Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ But Pilate broke off the conversation with the words, ‘What is truth?’ Pilate did not belong to the truth (John 18:33-38). Division or schism is a common theme in John: the words of Jesus brought division (John 7:43); while the net containing the 153 fish that Peter caught was not torn (John 21:11).
In all the gospels, Jesus predicts the events of his Passion: in Mark, Matthew and Luke, he refers explicitly three times to his coming death (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34 and parallels); but in John, he refers to his being ‘lifted up’ in the language of the fourth Servant song – ‘he shall be exalted and lifted up, and rise to great heights’ (Isaiah 52:13). Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Someone runs to find sour wine and offer it to Jesus. Our Daily Bread.
How, we wonder, will this encounter play out, between worldly authority and the one who has claimed to be the bread of life (John 6:48), the light of the world (John 8:12), the good shepherd (John 10:11)?
Two of the scenes take place inside, where Jesus and Pilate enter into private conversation. Christ, Have mercy on us.
The Passion of the Lord. Those familiar with Handel’s Oratorio, the Messiah, know of the great music he makes from Isaiah’s text, but for Handel, it is not the Servant but Jesus who heals us; he is the one who was led like a lamb to the slaughter and who kept silent before his oppressors. ‘Crucify him!’ they replied. These two scenes, with their discussion of the nature of kingship and source of power, provide a mirror in which to view the quality and purpose of earthly authority in every age of humanity. One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, Voice: “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” Narrator: They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. The reading of scripture over, the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday continues with formal prayers of intercession and petition. The first is his mother. It takes the form of five tableaux, each a sort of ‘station of the cross’, which allows the reader to pause, reflect and pray.
<>/ExtGState<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> The Servant might represent an individual, even the prophet himself, but the common view today is that the Servant is a collective figure.
May we take the time in the next week to actually “walk” the way with Jesus and keep him always in our heart.
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