The traditionalist perspective in the Episcopal Church — particularly with regard to the meaning of marriage — has been completely defeated within the councils of our church.
It is Good Friday, when the silence of God is stronger than the noise of men.
We must embrace the cross, though it may sound as though we Christians glory in weakness, cruelty, suffering, and death.
This week, we are witnesses of this spectacle: Jesus' death and resurrection.
As the king of all, Jesus could have come down from the cross, as the bystanders dared him to do.
While with his tongue the Suffering Servant made “intercession for transgressors” (Isa. 53:12), with torn flesh he made atonement for those who bruised him.
Until our own end, Christ’s Passion remains the singular source of salvation and holiness — in the sacraments, and in our love of him by acts of penance, reparation, and solidarity.
The Christian experience of suffering is distinctive. “Pain without God is intolerable. Everything in our culture flows from this ‘without God’; and, in this case, pain therefore sweeps everything before itself.”