Friday, April 18, 2014

Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday

At our Good Friday morning service, I found myself thinking through the narrative. Can we put out the Light of God? Evidently, yes. What happens when we do? In a word, darkness. Also chaos and death, thuggery and betrayal, undone-ness and lost-ness. In another word, Hell. Will God allow it to remain that way? Sunday hasn't come yet. Time to reflect on the gravity of our murder of God.


  1. Thank you for the three reflections on the Once and Future Scripture contribution to Brisbane Anglican life. Now to this Good Friday note I take it that the Church - the people in Christ who live by the Holy Spirit - are to at least be the reflected Light of Christ into that darkness and such light will not be caste aside.

    1. John, thanks for your comment. It's been some time since I posted these reflections on Easter and OFS. This post (18 April) and the next two are my reflections on the journey through Easter - my "processing", if you like - in a way that does not hurry to the end point like skipping to the last page of a crime novel to find out who did it.

      As far as the ultimate triumph of God is concerned, there seems to be a strange paradox - the light cannot be overcome (John 1:5) etc, and yet we can put it out. Perhaps this is the difference between the unchangeable, eternal Light of Heaven and our experience of it. It's certainly worth chewing over.

      This paradox, these possibilities, I think, are well expressed in Augustine's maxim (used as a prologue in the recent film "Calvary"):

      Do not despair: one of the thieves was saved
      Do not presume: one of the thieves was damned