By Dr. Michael W. Higgins, President and Vice-Chancellor of Corpus Christi-St. Marks at UBC
Good Friday for Christians is the time of the bloodied wood, the time of shattered bones, sheared flesh, and supreme physical agony. It is the dark time.
And when we look for parallels, historical analogues, contemporary referents, we are not without a large number to draw upon to illustrate the perpetuation of crucifixion.
But for me, although we live under the shadow of the cross, sometimes at the heart of desolation, we also live in the proximity of absence.
The absence of the empty tomb—ultimate consolation.