Here is my short homily for tonight. We are doing a Tenebrae service where we start in total light and descend into darkness.
He didn’t deserve this.
He never deserved this.
Telling people to be nice to each other and speaking in riddles? For healing people and feeding people?
But he made them nervous – so they made an example out of him.
But they didn’t need to do it like this – they could have just killed him and been done with it.
Crosses are cruel. They are torture. They are not just death – they are spectacle.
Crosses are designed to humiliate the victim and intimidate the rest of us.
They are tools of terror meant to scare the rest of us into submission.
He didn’t deserve this. He got scapegoated. They always do this.
When the pressure builds too much it has be vented. The machine has to blow off steam before there is a rebellion.
They choose a goat and they blame and place all the guilt on its head.
What do you do when the goat is innocent and goes silently like a lamb led to slaughter?
He said nothing when he had the chance to defend himself. Now he says things like ‘forgive them, they know not what they are doing’.
The angels are not coming to save him. They would if he would cry out. But he won’t.
Instead he is exposing the system. He is laying bare the powers that be and exposing the scapegoat mechanism. IT doesn’t work … to scapegoat others. It never worked.
God sent us this man some call the Christ. And we killed him.
It is almost as if God is saying through him, “you do this to the innocent, you do this to my servants, and you would even do this to me”.
Someone needs to break this system of scapegoating. Someone needs finish this once and for all. Someone needs to say, “don’t do this to anyone anymore … it is finished.”
April 2, 2018 at 3:19 pm
Wow Bo! I could imagine as you spoke the lights getting dimmer, perhaps the sense that we did this to the Son that God sent us, perhaps the sense feels like the closing and darkening focus on our own unjust and scapegoated areas of life. the message and withdrawing of the light feels like it could have individually exposed things for those who were present (very contrary to the fact that darkness conceals our dark places) reading this homily felt like as the darkness consumed the words “It is Finished” other words flashed and flickered, words like – pride, racism, poverty, hurt, death, politics… and so many more. It felt like both an inner death of these things and an invitation to wait and know that the resurrection would invite me to participate in change and transformation of the things that needed to pass away into death so that life with the King and peace with the Father is possible for all and we have a hand in carrying that promise. (Thanks for this)
April 16, 2018 at 6:44 pm
WOW> I am just reading this now! SO powerful …. I have been inspired for next year’s Good Friday