Good Friday Meditation

Matthias Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece offers one of the most stunning portrayals of the sufferings of Christ. When I look at this painting, I am reminded that Christ did not suffer alone. Like Mary the mother of God, and like Mary Magdelene, I can also lament the suffering of the God who gave all that He is for the life of the world. ┬áToday is the day that we remember Christ’s passion and death.

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary: A Song for All Maries

by Christina Rossetti

Our Master lies asleep and is at rest;
His Heart has ceased to bleed, His Eye to weep.
The sun ashamed has dropt down in the west;
Our Master lies asleep.

Now we are they who weep, and trembling keep
Vigil, with wrung heart in a sighing breast,
While slow time creeps, and slow the shadows creep.

Renew Thy youth, as eagle from the nest;
O Master, who hast sown, arise to reap:
No cock-crow yet, no flush on eastern crest;
Our Master lies asleep.


  • Jim Watkins is the assistant editor and a regular contributor at Transpositions. Originally, Jim is from southern California and southeastern Texas, but sometimes he feels most at home in the landscape and coffee shops of the Pacific Northwest. He met his wife Emily at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he studied Studio Art (concentration in painting). For his PhD research, he is examining the relationship between divine and human creativity from the perspective of divine kenosis.

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  1. says: Sue Watkins

    Thanks Jim. I love the thought that Jesus did not suffer alone. True for all of us too only the reverse – Jesus is with us when we suffer.

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