Good Friday – Passion according to St. Matthew

This reading is the entirely of chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. What does one say by way of meditation on that?

I suggest you watch and listen to a little video:

This is from the Bach Festival in Malaysia. Who knew such a thing existed? One of the things which the COVID pandemic did was bring all sorts of things to us via YouTube. It was shared with me by a dear friend. It is a little disconcerting to see Malaysians singing in German, but that is the point I want to make. Pay attention to the words (they are printed in English at the bottom of the screen.) This Friday which we strangely label “Good” draws our attention to Christ serving the whole world. People in the ancient Roman Empire, people in modern day America, Germany, Malaysia, and every other corner of this benighted globe.

A few chapters earlier, in Matthew 20, on his way to Jerusalem, we hear Jesus make this startling claim:

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

When we read his passion, we read the account of the Son of Man doing what he says in chapter 20: serving all and giving his life for the ransom of the whole world.

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