Good Friday, April 14th

By: Maggie Leonard

John 18:1-19:42

Reflection—v. 31, the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath

I recently read a powerful book called The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  In this book, a runaway slave escapes a plantation in Georgia and makes her way 12901011_959843674099594_3233031300421054316_oto the Free States.  Each state that she passes through on her journey has different laws that dictate how to control the black populations within them.  North Carolinians, fearing a slave uprising, abolished slavery, and the state bought up all the slaves, sold them to neighboring states, and forbade black folks to set foot on their soil.  To do so and be caught (and they looked for folks every night) meant to be hung in the city square and by morning moved to the road leading to town, ‘Freedom Trail.’ Turning people into issues is a dangerous business.  I cannot help but consider who we sacrifice as an issue…  What do we see as a threat to our power or comfort?  What bodies do we then remove from the public eye?   I believe that we are a good people, with good intentions.  My hope is that we trust our goodness enough to have the courage to see when our intentions miss the mark.  My hope is that with God’s help, we will see one another’s humanity and honor one another’s value.

Prayer Crucified One, help us to see that which we try hard to hide.