“Seven Stanzas at Easter” was written by John Updike and has become a much-loved poem.
In the cross of Christ, we find the most profound tension of opposites: life and death.
All our wounds, the places we have hurt others and the places that we have been hurt, can be found there in the wounds in his hands and feet.
But maybe of all days, Good Friday is the day to reconsider just what suffering is and to think on our own suffering.
Jesus was human. He was us, for us.
Perhaps Lent is not so much for “giving up” as it is an invitation to “go deep," to make space and time to feel the weight of our need.