in the sound of silence

“On Good Friday last year the SS found some pretext to punish 60 priests
with an hour on “the tree.”
That is the mildest camp punishment.
They tie a man’s hands together behind his back, palms facing out and fingers pointing backward.
Then they turn his hands inwards, tie a chain around his wrists and hoist him up by it.
His own wight twists his joints and pulls them apart…
Several of the priest who were hung up last year never recovered and died.
If you don’t have a strong heart, you don’t survive it.
Many have a permanently crippled hand.”

Jean Bernard, Priestblock 25487: a Memoir of Dachau

(worn grave marker, Rock of Cashel / County Tipperary, Ireland / Julie Cook)

“Despite our earnest efforts, we couldn’t climb all the way up to God.
So what did God do? In an amazing act of condescension, on Good Friday,
God climbed down to us, became one with us.
The story of divine condescension begins on Christmas and ends on Good Friday.
We thought, if there is to be business between us and God, we must somehow get up to God.
Then God came down, down to the level of the cross, all the way down to the depths of hell.
He who knew not sin took on our sin so that we might be free of it.
God still stoops, in your life and mine, condescends.
“Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” he asked his disciples,
before his way up Golgotha. Our answer is an obvious,
“No!” His cup is not only the cup of crucifixion and death,
it is the bloody, bloody cup that one must drink if one is going to get mixed up in us.
Any God who would wander into the human condition,
any God who has this thirst to pursue us, had better not be too put off by pain,
for that’s the way we tend to treat our saviors.
Any God who tries to love us had better be ready to die for it.
As Chesterton writes, “Any man who preaches real love is bound to beget hate…
Real love has always ended in bloodshed.”

― William H. Willimon,
Thank God It’s Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from the Cross

10 comments on “in the sound of silence

  1. says:

    Every year I come closer to understanding why God had to come down to us. It was the only way for us to receive His forgiveness. Without Him we would never know peace. We would be wasting away on the crosses of our own sins.

  2. Over and over again in Scripture the Lord tried and tried to “save” his wayward chlldren when they erred until it became apparent that the only way to completely save us from the errors of our fractious ways was to send the ultimate sacrifice to pay the price of our egregious ways. It is the most amazing example of love imaginable, and yet there are those who choose to disbelieve it or ignore it or dismiss it as myth or legend. And yet in my mind, regardless of how unfaithful I have been at times and how far I may have strayed at times, it is the single most act ever recorded that I could not nor now cannot dismiss. C.S. Lewis said that Jesus was either a liar, insane, or telling the truth about who He was and why He’d come, and in the 2000+ years since He died on that cross, no one has ever proved that He was telling lies or insane. His truth has stood the test of time and all the onslaughts of those who have tried and those who still try to make everyone believe it was a lie or deception or parable or myth or insanity have failed in their endeavors. I pray that Jesus who once came for me, to bring me back into His keeping, comes also for all those who inhabit the earth. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    What a Savior we have in Christ.

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