“Where does it hurt?” is a powerful question asked by public theologian Ruby Sales in a grace-filled conversation with On Being host Krista Tippett (https://onbeing.org/programs/ruby-sales-where-does-it-hurt/#transcript).
For Sales, “Where does it hurt?” helps people to be seen in all their visible and invisible hurts. But public theology is about addressing communities and countries. Consider how our world might respond right now if asked, “Where does it hurt?” Is it even possible in such a time of partisan division and pandemic fear?
“Where does it hurt?” is a Good Friday question.
“Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.” (Luke 23:32-33)
We can’t rush past the Good Friday part of the story on the way to Easter. Good Friday is the only way that Easter resurrection means anything.
On the cross, God asks us all, “Where does it hurt?” and answers definitively, “That hurts me too. I love you, and I am with you, no matter what.”
So friends, this Good Friday, “Where does it hurt?”
Today, we hear God’s answer.
A Prayer for Good Friday from the Book of Common Worship:
Christ Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross
so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.
Blessed is the name of the Lord.
Almighty God, look with mercy on your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed
and to be given over to the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death on the cross;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.