Posted on Apr 9, 2020

St John Vianney R C Church

Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 30
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

In the space of one month, March 1865, Archibald Tait, the Dean of Carlisle, who was later to become Archbishop of Canterbury, watched as five of his daughters died in an epidemic of scarlet fever. The poet David Scott describes Tait and his wife as ‘at their prayers each day in a borrowed house, … testing the Bible texts against a silent nursery’. There are times when the blunt cruelty of a situation is so overwhelming that our faith in the goodness of God is tested beyond any casual speculation: ‘they tested the Bible texts against a silent nursery’.
As we stand in spirit with Mary and John today on Calvary’s lonely hill we discover that God has taken upon himself all the pain that bedevils the human condition. Sometimes we are faced with suffering that appears to be pointless, absurd, meaningless. We might have faced such moments in our lives already: someone we love might be taken from us, family life might fall apart, or we might have to watch the suffering of one who is dear. Across the world the devastating effects of Covid-19 are all too apparent in huge loss of life, and anxiety stalks us as we watch the disease gripping our own country.
In the face of this pain some will ask us “Why? Why? Where is your God now?” We might be terrified we have nothing to say that won’t sound platitudinous. Rationalist (Christians amongst them) will look for an explanation of why this is happening to us.
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