On Good Friday we gather at the foot of the cross. It is a sad and confronting place to be. No matter how many times we come to this moment in the Easter journey it is for most of us quite overwhelming. The story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial and execution is physically and emotionally terrible. We feel the reverberations in our own bodies as we hear the harrowing story and we struggle to make sense. Anyone’s painful death is terrible. And the death of Jesus is even more difficult because we proclaim that it was salvific, that his suffering is our salvation. Jesus we believe died both as one of us and also for us. That is he died a fully human death. And he died for humanity.