As children, most of us had a keen sense of fairness. If our brother got a bigger biscuit, if our sister was allowed to stay up later than we were, if it wasn’t our turn to feed the dog and yet we were told to feed him, we were quick to protest, “That’s not fair!”
No wonder the story of Good Friday, where we commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus, seems counterintuitive. Seeing this story as a story of love can be hard for us to comprehend. We protest: “But that’s not fair!”
However when we think about the incredible (sometimes undeserved) love that has been shown to us by family, partners, friends and even strangers, we realise: that’s not fair either!
While you may not be certain about the details of the faith story of Good Friday, at its heart is a message of unconditional love exemplified by One, Jesus, who was prepared to lay down his life for all humankind (without question of deserving). The Good Friday message is rooted in the unfairness of God’s love and mercy.
And here’s the challenge: we are called to love others in the same way: compassionately, consistently, inclusively, and forgivingly. (To do otherwise, would not be fair!)
Adapted from Melannie Svoboda SND blog, Sunflower Seeds