Sacrifice and Silence

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

(a contented sheep / The Cliffs of Slieve League / County Donegal / Julie Cook / 2015)

It is finished…
The deed is done.
The trade off is complete.

It couldn’t have been swift nor easy…
No, it had to be drawn out and wrenching…
There had to appeasement, propitiation, satisfaction…

A slow sadistic lingering…
Torment was the only demand…
The satiation for the hunger of death

With each and every misdeed, slight, wrong and heinous sin…
Those that were and those that continue on…
Each grievous act was marched before him…
As each piece of flesh was torn away for payment…

The nails were driven.
The body convulsed.
The pain seared.
The blood flowed.

Gone now are the crowds.
Gone now are the faithful.
Gone now are the skeptics.
Gone now are the hopes….

As only silence permeates the earth.

And so now, we wait…

O God, you sent Christ Jesus to be my shepherd and the lamb of sacrifice. Help me to embrace the mystery of salvation, the promise of life rising out of death. Help me to hear the call of Christ and give me the courage to follow it readily that I, too, may lead other to you.
This I ask through Jesus, my shepherd and guide.

People’s Companion to the Breviary, Vol. II

11 comments on “Sacrifice and Silence

  1. David says:

    Important words in there Julie – ‘that I might lead others to you.’ Simon Ponsonby makes the point that the Holy Spirit is not just to bless us but to equip us to lead others to Jesus. Something the church today is not terribly good at doing.

  2. Lynda says:

    Good Friday is a difficult time for me and yet I know that the Resurrection is coming. I cannot fathom how Jesus’ mother and friends and disciples were feeling after having seen him suffer and die on the cross! Tonight is the Easter Vigil – a liturgy of glorious pageantry that brings us through the story from creation to the Resurrection. What a time of celebration as we receive people into the faith as well!! Blessings and prayers that you will have a wonderful Easter celebration Julie.

    • A joyous Easter to you as well Lynda—it is certainly a wonderful time of hope—so necessary during these seemingly frightening times—with the Glory being that Jesus has overcome all death, all sorrow, all pain–If I did not have my faith—I don’t know if I could continue to face such uncertainty that we are currently witnessing on a global scale—He is greater than all of it—Alleluia

  3. Wally Fry says:

    Have a happy Easter Julie!

  4. Wow, that closing part took my breath away! You do know how to give your words a punch that pushes in right to the heart of the matter. Happy Easter, my friend. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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