Good Friday @ The Hermitage, Mittagong

Behold, behold the Wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation!

Here is our God, with arms spread wide in vulnerability, embracing the whole of our life in its deathly reality. Gathered into those outstretched arms is all that we are in our humanness, all our failures and guilty secrets, all our shame and responsibility for the wounding of the innocent in ourselves and others. Jesus waits for us with loving arms and an open compassionate heart. O God, we know with grief that we are there in your story.

downloadWe, too, betray you when things become hard or costly. For our ever betrayal, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

We, too, are part of the violence and abuse suffered by the innocent. For our silence in the face of violence and abuse, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

We, too, are part of the oppression and exclusion of others in our society.. For our fear of difference and closed hearts, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

We, too, contribute to the ailing and destruction of the planet. For our lack of care and responsibility, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

We, too, can collude with the clericalism and power that bedevils our Church. For our passivity and acceptance of the status quo, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

We, too, are part of the unequal distribution of resources needed for life. For our selfishness and desire for comfort, forgive us Lord. Forgive us and restore us to life this day.

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