I boken Cross-Shattered Christ har Stanley Hauerwas skrivit meditationer över Jesu sju ord på korset. Jag återvänder ofta till boken på långfredagen och påskafton. Meditationerna hjälper mig att öppna mina sinnen för Gud som kommer oss till mötes på korset; att bli delaktig i den tystnad som omger korset. Hauerwas skriver:
The silence surrounding Jesus’s words on the cross annoys and threatens us. Engulfed by this death-determined silence, we find these words too enigmatic. How can we be expected to know what they mean? We long for more of the story so that we can better understand what is going on. […]
We think if we only knew more about what Jesus was really like, what he really thought he was doing, that would surely make believing in God, at least the God of Jesus Christ, more intelligible. […]
Yet I believe the reticence of the Gospels as well as these spare words from the cross is not accidental. Instead, that reticence is a discipline given us by God to draw us into, to make us participants in, the silence of a redemption wrought by the cross. In the world as we find it – a world that seems to make belief in God some desperate irrationality, Christians are tempted to say more about what we believe than we can or should say. This is a particular temptation for theologians. […]
In his Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgement, Rowan Williams observes that “God is in the connections we cannot make,” a wonderful remark that reminds us that our desire to say and know more than the silence scripture forces on us manifests our uneasiness with the mystery of a God who would be known through crucifixion.