Broken – think upon the 7 Trials of Christ

Broken. The word “broken” can bring up powerful emotions or simple frustration. Context means everything. This morning Fr. Dave1 made repetitive use of “broken” during the Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms. Of course, the reference was to the body of Jesus, broken on the cross. Fr. Dave’s sermon was powerful on this powerful day and I am drawn to think on current circumstances.

We too are broken. America, along with much of the world, has lost its moral compass. I’ll say nothing more for fear of devolving into a political diatribe which is not the purpose today. But because of our brokenness, this Holy Week spurs me to repeat what I have done a few times during this time of year — to re-publish The Seven Trials of Christ. What better way to think about this brokenness but to study Jesus’ sacrifice in a modern, judicial context. (Note that some poetic license is taken by some fictional accounts). As noted in footnote [1], this is a work that was begun by my father, Guilford L. Jones, Jr. — a fantastic lawyer from Big Spring who often delivered this as a speech, powerfully. I have done some modifications and additions, of which I hope “Big Guil”2 would approve. Continue reading “Broken – think upon the 7 Trials of Christ”

  1. Rev. David Sugeno, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church of Marble Falls
  2. Dad only partially abbreviated our shared given name.