Wednesday in Holy Week
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” Mark 15:38-39
What a sight to witness! Finally, the opposition has achieved what it wanted. This rabble rouser, who so upset the religious authorities, is dead! But who expected such a dramatic and immediate end – the holiest of holy portion of the temple utterly exposed. And with it the very being, the very essence of just who this Jesus the Christ is. His death has opened the way for us to God in a new way. God is no longer inaccessible, as the veil is torn in two from top to bottom, God is fully exposed, fully accessible. The full revelation of who Jesus the Christ is is made manifest. And of all the people who have attended or witnessed this crucifixion, only one, a centurion, a professional officer of the Roman army, was converted that day. He was immediately caught up in the revelation of Jesus Christ and can proclaim him the Son of God. Thanks be to God.
Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;
For those who have lost their faith
For those hardened by sin or indifference
For the contemptuous and the scornful
For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and persecutors of his disciples
For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others
That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and obedience. Amen.
The Rev. Jo Ann B. Jones
Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr