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Good Friday: Whom Are We Crucifying?

Good Friday: Whom Are We Crucifying?

I grapple with this question each Good Friday morning at the Pentagon. At 7:00 a.m. thirty to fifty people meet on Army-Navy Drive just outside the Pentagon property, we walk in solemn procession to the “protest area” allotted near a Pentagon entrance. We reflect through scripture, song and testimony on who we as the United States are crucifying, making to suffer, and YES, killing. Who? Iraqis, Afghans, Native Peoples, Syrians, those in prisons and detention for being undocumented, and those without enough to eat or a place to lay their head. One hour of vigil outside this place in our nation responsible for some of the hardship and pain experienced across our globe. At the end of the hour we leave as we entered – perhaps having touched the heart of some police or Pentagon worker who passed us by on their way to work. Certainly, having touched our own hearts.

This is the beginning of my Good Friday ritual, since 1987. It continues with the Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross. I join Pax Christi and others to mindfully walk the steps of Jesus in this time of financial and ecological crisis. Locations around the city are selected that symbolize institutional roots of injustice and suffering. At each we share a reflection and a prayer. You may find the themes helpful to your own prayer.

 

FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH 
Political privilege and corruption: National Archives

SECOND STATION: JESUS BEARS THE CROSS
Structural racism and police violence: Department of Justice

THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Labor injustices: Trump International Hotel

FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
The corporate-led (transactional) model of development: U.S. Agency for International Development

FIFTH STATION: JESUS IS HELPED BY SIMON
Indigenous peoples and the environment/involuntary resettlement: Inter-American Development 

SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Solidarity and community service: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME
Ravaging the Earth and its people in the name of economic development: U.S. Treasury

EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
Deportation of vulnerable migrants and refugees: The White House

NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME
Moving forward on climate change: Lafayette Park

TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES
Extractive industries: White House Council on Environmental Quality

ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Fair Trade NOT Free Trade: U.S. Trade Representative Office

TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
Destruction of God’s Creation: The World Bank

THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
Economic policies for the Common Good: International Monetary Fund

FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS PLACED IN THE TOMB
Justice for migrants: Mexican Embassy

FIFTEENTH STATION: THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Signs and seeds of hope / Another world is possible

 

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Sister Marge, what a powerful testimony of faith in action! Using the central question: Who are we crucifying? to raise awareness of institutional injustices is tremendous. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  2. Thanks, Marge, for this reflection. Always good to be reminded of how we all pray and seek justice and peace during this most holy time. This Good Friday we once again joined folks from the Pacific Life Community in a stations of the cross at Lockheed Martin – the larges weapons producer in the world and the developer of the nuclear missiles for the Trident sub. Every Friday in Advent and Lent, and once a month the other times we pray and vigil. Two were arrested, cited and released today. So we join again with all those suffering in our world from the effects of weapons, greed and unjust policies. Peace, Marilyn

  3. Thank you for this reflection which reminds us that we go beyond the actual events in the historical setting of Christ to work for Peace and Justice.

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