Good Friday

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Psalm 22

Here we are faced with a bottomless mystery[…] at this precise point the mystery of the divine Trinity is fully proclaimed. The distance is so great—for in God everything is infinitethat there is room in it for all the alienation and sin of the world; the Son can draw all this into his relationship with the Father […]

Jesus, the Crucified, endures our inner darkness and estrangement from God, and he does so in our place. It is all the more painful for him, the less he has merited it. As we have already said, there is nothing familiar about it to him: it is utterly alien and full of horror. Indeed, he suffers more deeply than an ordinary man is capable of suffering, even were he condemned and rejected by God, because only the incarnate Son knows who the Father really is and what it means to be deprived of him, to have lost him (to all appearances) forever. It is meaningless to call this suffering “hell”, for there is no hatred of God in Jesus, only a pain that is deeper and more timeless than the ordinary man could endure either in his lifetime or after his death. (Hans Urs von Balthasar, “The Scapegoat and the Trinity“)

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