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Death On A Friday Afternoon: Meditations On The Last Words Of Jesus From The Cross Paperback – February 5, 2001
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"A masterful achievement." -- Philip Zaleski, author of The Recollected Heart and editor of Gifts of the Spirit
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The scope and implicit aim of this book are formidable; even more remarkable, this extended meditation accomplishes everything it set out to do. Don't expect a soppy, mystical, pie-in-the-sky reflection on the death of Christ. Here is a keen examination of tough love in action, the love of a God who accepted trial at the hands of His creatures and took on Himself their impudent verdict: "Guilty."
Each chapter is devoted to one of the Seven Words from the Cross, and in each case, Fr. Neuhaus shows how these words, spoken nearly two millenia ago on a certain Friday afternoon in history, still pierce our lives today--if we will let them. One of the great strengths of the book is its application of the truth of the Cross to modern life. What practical effect does each of these words have on each of us? This question is amply answered in such a way that the reader comes to understand personally how he is obligated to be crucified with Christ if he professes himself a follower.
Another strength of this book is its stark presentation of the cost of being a Christian.Read more ›
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."
"Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother."
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
"It is finished."
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
These are the seven biblically recorded utterances of Christ on the cross, and Neuhaus has written, in my opinion, the superlative meditation of the significance of these final words of Jesus. Each chapter expounds upon one of these "words". The writing is so clear-headed... it will appeal to those who need to approach the ineffable mystery with at least one foot on the ground. Or even two! It is not spiritual platitude, it is gut-level and sobering. Have you ever wondered what happened when Jesus died on the cross? Or WHY it happened? Or IF it happened? This book speaks to those questions, with a rational approach that can only be likened to the writings of C.S. Lewis.
I was transfixed, and overwhelmed (in a good way) with the wealth of information in Neuhaus's book. Beautifully written.
He says in the preface, "If what Christians say about Good Friday is true, then it is, quite simply, the truth about everything. I have written this for people who are convinced of that truth, for people who are open to thinking about whether it may be true and for people who are just curious about why so much of the world thinks Good Friday is the key to understanding what Dante called 'the love that moves the sun and all the other stars.'"
The Convinced. The Cautious. The Curious.Read more ›
In the final scene of "Saving Private Ryan," Ryan himself, now much older, is visiting the grave of the soldier who saved him. He recalls the final words of the dying soldier who rescued him, a plea to make his life worthy of the sacrifice being given. In tears, he asks his wife whether he has in fact lived his life in a way that justifies that sacrifice.
Although "Death on a Friday Afternoon" is far too complex and nuanced to be summarized succinctly, one of its objectives (which it fulfills admirably) is to look its reader directly in the face and ask, "Are you in fact living your life in a way that justifies the sacrifice that Jesus made to save it?"
Two brief excerpts provide a glimpse of this book's seriousness and importance:
"Our lives are measured not by the lives of others, not by our own ideals, not by what we think might reasonably be expected of us, although by each of those measures we acknowledge failings enough. Our lives are measured by who we are created and called to be, and the measuring is done by the One who creates and calls. . ."
"To belittle our sins is to belittle ourselves, to belittle who it is that God creates and calls us to be."
This book is a call to seriousness about living our lives in response to what God has done for us.
There is much more as well. Don't miss it.
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Death On A Friday by Richard John Neuhaus is a meditation on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The book is to be read slowly and prayerfully. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vaughn
This book provokes a stimulating and emotional experience that led to the death of Christ on a Friday afternoonPublished 6 months ago by Caroline Townsley
Excellent book describing the implications of Jesus's sacrifice on the crossPublished 8 months ago by Grace R. Rock
This volume is No. 1 in my library that equates the Crucifix of Good Friday with the Cross of Easter giving the Passion its proper emphasis. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry B. Cain
This is a fantastic meditation book. I used it during Lent and found that it increased my awareness and gratitude of what God has done to redeem the world.Published 9 months ago by Greg Cole
Very happy with book, packaging/shipping good, good seller, would deal againPublished 10 months ago by Rebecca J. Huddy
I have read this book during Holy Week for the last three years, and I am again stunned and amazed at the wonder of it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mellu