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Good Friday - The Tree of Shame has become the Tree of Life

Each and every year we are brought back to this most uncomfortable of places – to the foot of the cross and the story of our Lord’s great love for us expressed in such terrible suffering and death. The cross was such a brutal, wickedly common, and shameful way to die. And yet the cross has become the symbol of hope over fear, of life over death and of the ultimate victory of love over hate and judgment. We who profess a faith believe that the cross is the most perfect revelation of God and that revelation is LOVE. It is an outrageous thing to say and so very hard to hold onto at the foot of the cross, reminded of the horror and pain and abandonment that the story of the cross also includes.