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Day 46, Lent

A friend shared this reflection with me and I wanted to share it with you.  

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.”  Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.     It is finished.

We have been on a long journey these past 40 days and now, Jesus says, it is finished.  

Death is hard. The silence of Good Friday is a reflection of the silence you often hear in homes where someone has just died. It’s a stunned silence, a waiting silence. What, it asks, comes next?   

Silence is also hard. It’s hard to sit and be still, and listen for what’s in the silence. Maybe one reason I hear it asking “what comes next?” is that I’m so anxious for it to be over, for the penetrating, revealing lack of sound to end.   

But there is comfort and wisdom in silence, too. We come together in spirit as a community on this day in silence to mourn and to think and, because we are human, to yearn for joy we know is around the corner, waiting for us.   

For now, for this moment, just be with the silence. In the silence there is grief, but there is also love and joy and hope for what tomorrow brings.   

 It is finished.   

 Nicole Seiferth, Diocese of New York  

Hope to see you tomorrow, Easter Sunday!

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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