You are invited to the observance of a holy Lent. Join us in reading Holy Scripture and meditating on God’s Word. Each week we will meditate on the Gospel lesson for that week according to the Revised Common Lectionary (a set of prescribed Scripture readings followed by multiple groups of followers of Jesus). The lesson will be accompanied by a single piece of artwork to aid your meditation for the entire week, and that artwork will be the only image in the slideshow above.
Each day, a new meditation, written by a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal parish, will offer insight into both the scriptural lesson and the accompanying artwork. You can download the PDF by clicking the corresponding button.
Wednesday in Holy Week: John 19:1-20
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
When I first saw this painting, I went back into my past as a child looking at the Stations of the Cross during church services. They were vivid. They were in color, and they scared me. I didn’t understand them, and all I saw were people being mean to Jesus, and him simply taking the punishment.
As I said, he seemed to be taking the punishment. I didn’t understand then that my childhood feeling about him in that scene is exactly what this season is all about. He was suffering for you and for me. These mean, angry people were mad at him for nothing he had done. He had done nothing wrong. Jesus was, in that scene, becoming the perfect sacrifice.
As I look at this scene as an adult, my fear has turned to appreciation and acceptance of his love, which we are called upon to pass to others.