11 Jesus is nailed to the cross
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
In the terrible cruelty of the moment Jesus deliberately takes the pain of the crucifixion. As his arms and legs are stretched out and pinned to the beams of the cross his whole body demonstrates the height and breadth and depth of the measure of God’s love for us. He is fastened to a world’s sin and failings and self-centredness, so that we might be joined to him for ever.
We acknowledge with sorrow times when we have preferred a faith that asks littles of us or of a half-hearted following of Christ. We pray for the tortured and those awaiting execution, for those fastened to the crosses of addictions to drugs or alcohol and those who find no joy in being alive. May the love of God which triumphed in even this dark hour be their strength and stay.
Lord Jesus, let us be bound to you and never let us go.