A Good Friday Reflection

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Crucifixion No 2" by William Congdon (1960)

“The Christian, unlike the devotees of the redemption myths, has no last line of escape available from earthly tasks and difficulties into the eternal, but, like Christ himself (‘My God, My God, why hast though forsaken me?’), he must drink the earthly cup to the dregs, and only in his doing so is the crucified and risen Lord with him, and he crucified and risen with Christ.  This world must not be prematurely written off; in this the Old and New Testaments are at one.  Redemption myths arise from human boundary-experiences, but Christ takes hold of a man at the centre of his life…

“God lets himself be pushed out of the world onto the cross.  He is weak and powerless in the world, and that is precisely the way, the only way, in which he is with us and helps us…

“To be a Christian does not mean to be religious in a particular way, to make something of oneself (a sinner, a penitent, a saint) on the basis of some method or other, but to be a man — not a type of man, but the man that Christ creates in him.  It is not the religious act that makes the Christian, but participation in the sufferings of God in the secular life.”


One thought on “A Good Friday Reflection

  1. I really appreciate the last paragraph in you post. Is that also Bonhoeffer?
    Watched a movie tonight that in a way reminds of the praxis of the last paragraph. A Swedish movie, “As It Is in Heaven.”


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