Good Friday

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Mark 15:37-39

Like the centurion who “stood facing” Jesus on the cross, may we stand and face the face that faces us. May we see what we see. May we truly see the One who sees us. May we see the particular “way that he breathed his last.” May we see Jesus inhale our fear-filled violence and exhale God’s blessing, and in this way, come to know Jesus as God’s Son. May his final breath move over the chaos of our lives and call forth life from death.

A human being is essentially a spirit-eye.
Whatever you really see,
you are that.
– Rumi

 

Photo: peter castleton (CC BY 2.0)