Homily 2018 03 30 – Good Friday and the Silence of God. Oh my…

holy sepulcher

Too long of a homily, so, just some bullet points:

  • God’s Word, His Son, becomes Incarnate so as to forgive our sin in all mercy but by way of justice, He taking on the punishment for our sin, death, the innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.
  • We ask in our idiocy: “Where is God? Why is He silent?” But we don’t mean it. We don’t want to hear God speak to us. That’s why we killed him.

  • Jesus’ corpse answers with silence that screams out His love for us so loudly that our reaction so as not to hear Him is to distract ourselves with such noise that can’t hear His silence speaking to us from the tomb. We seal ourselves off from everything and everyone, especially Jesus in His eloquent silence, through alcohol and drugs and distractions which really cost us lots of money. When I mentioned in my homily about the distractions which really cost us lots of money, there were very many who laughed.
  • When we finally hear the silence of God, of Jesus, in the tomb, speaking His love for us, He having heard us, He coming to the rescue with a mercy founded on justice, doing it the right way, with God knowing what suffering and death means, when we are stunned finally by the goodness and kindness of Jesus right to the end, perhaps then we can say in all the unearthly silence with His blood all over us – along with the soldier who had just shoved his spear into the side, into the Heart of Jesus: “Truly this was the Son of God.” That is: Truly this is the Son of God who hears us and speaks to us so eloquently from the tomb.

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2 responses to “Homily 2018 03 30 – Good Friday and the Silence of God. Oh my…

  1. Aussie Mum

    There used to be an appropriate silence in return where I live. All businesses – offices, shops – closed. Schools were closed too. Only essential services operated on Good Friday. Shopping car parks were empty and the streets unusually quiet for there was little passing traffic on this one, solemn day of the year. The stillness was appropriate. All that is changing though. The powers that be have decided that pluralism and profit demand less focus on Christian holy days and greater productivity. And so, some shops opened yesterday (it is already Saturday here). The stillness of Good Friday – awareness of the solemn magnitude of this day – is being eroded here, bit by bit.

  2. nancyv

    Father, thank you for always reminding us of how very much God loves us!
    After our Good Friday Passion, the parochial vicar, God bless him!, had to remind people to leave SILENTLY…twice.
    Same here Aussie Mum.

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