Whom Have I nailed to a Tree

The Good Friday hymn “Were you there when they nailed him to a tree” evokes strong images of crucifixion. If we aren’t discerning we might think we have no responsibility in this murder.

Upon closer examination as Christians we come to realize our individual and collective sin. Recently the thought crossed my mind that if I don’t let go and forgive, I’m keeping the unforgiven on the cross.

Of course in my life I have also felt nailed to a tree. But what is Jesus asking me to do? Was I there when they nailed Him to a tree? Were you?

John Montague earned his Master of Divinity from Regis College, University of Toronto. He is an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. He has a Master of Social Work, and, until his retirement, provided counselling to individuals, couples, and families. For seventeen years he organized a Day of Reflection for Catholic parents of lesbian daughters, gay sons, and transgendered children.

  • graeme quinlan
    Posted at 07:19h, 21 April Reply

    Was it I Lord, who did this to THEE. Dear Lord forgive me.

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