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Good Friday - 3 April 2015 - Fr John's Homilies

Good Friday - 3 April 2015
  1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh were you there when they crucified my Lord?
    (Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble) Tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

  1. Pope Francis speaks of murder: “The person who gossips is a terrorist who drops a bomb, destroys, and they are outside …they destroy others.”…Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. St James warns the community: What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. St John warns us: Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. …Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. St Mathew does not spare us: “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” …Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. St Paul addresses the Colossians: In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. …Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. Yes, as a people we tend to not only copy others, but also to blame others for our own mistakes and misfortunes; relieving our frustrations and our fear, avoiding responsibility through this substitute victim. …Yes, we were there when they crucified Our Lord.

 

  1. The Gospels fully reveal the innocence of the scapegoat victim as the Incarnate God. Jesus identifies with the victim rather than with our corrupt social structures. Jesus exposes the substitute victim mechanism as a fraud and deception.

 

  1. Jesus reveals for us the face of God who always responds to our collective ‘sacred’ violence with nonviolent love. God is always on the side of our victims.

 

  1. Jesus offer of Love is his mission to rescue humankind from the cycle of violence; that hidden darkness within each of our hearts that can only be transformed in the fiery furnace of love.

 

  1. Humanity is in the image and likeness of God. This is the transcendent nature at the depth of our being.

 

  1. This transcendence is seen as the ‘becoming’ of the ‘divinity within’; that transcendent essence beyond human personality with its various inclinations and characteristics, lies and deception.

 

  1. Transcendence and Truth; this is what liberates us from our illusions; this is what redeems us to our real and true value.