Good Friday in Dublin

Posted by Tim on 11 April 2009 - 7:15am

While I was at a friend's home yesterday I asked him what Good Friday meant to businesses in Dublin.  He said that most used to be closed, but now many simply closed from about noon until 3:00 PM.  This however, did not apply to banks.  Banks, he said "are not closed for Good Friday, they simple aren't open!"  I'm not sure I 'get it' but we did have a good laugh together over it.  

At the same house about a dozen of us gathered to reflect on the meaning of Good Friday, and what made it so 'good'. It goes back about 2000 years and involves what is arguably the cruelest form of execution ever invented - crucifixion.  Interestingly, in today's jewelry the 'cross' is one of the most worn pieces - the symbol of ancient Roman execution.  I wonder if this is given much thought?  I have yet to see anyone wear a guillotine around their neck (so to speak).

Perhaps you have never read the historian Luke's inspired writing concerning Good Friday.  Luke did not coin the term, nor does it appear in the writing itself, but perhaps this would be a good time to read Luke's account of what happened on Good Friday, and what made it so good a few days later.  I'll shut up now and you can read it for yourself:

Luke 22:7        Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

Luke 22:9        “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

Luke 22:10        He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

Luke 22:13        They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

Luke 22:14        When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:17        After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Luke 22:19        And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Luke 22:20        In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

Luke 22:24        Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:31        “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:33        But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

Luke 22:34        Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:35        Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

Luke 22:36        He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

Luke 22:38        The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That is enough,” he replied.

Luke 22:39        Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.  40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,  42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Luke 22:45        When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.  46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Luke 22:47        While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,  48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Luke 22:49        When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?”  50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

Luke 22:51        But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

Luke 22:52        Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”

Luke 22:54        Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.  55 But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.  56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

Luke 22:57        But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

Luke 22:58        A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”

“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

Luke 22:59        About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

Luke 22:60        Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.  61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Luke 22:63        The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.  64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?”  65 And they said many other insulting things to him.

Luke 22:66        At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.  67 “If you are the Christ,’” they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

Luke 22:70        They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”

He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

Luke 22:71        Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”

Luke 23:1       Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.  2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”

Luke 23:3        So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.

Luke 23:4        Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

Luke 23:5        But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

Luke 23:6        On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.  7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

Luke 23:8        When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle.  9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.  10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.  11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.  12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

Luke 23:13        Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,  14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.  15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.  16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.’”

Luke 23:18        With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”  19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

Luke 23:20        Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.  21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

Luke 23:22        For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

Luke 23:23        But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.  24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.  25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

Luke 23:26        As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.  27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.  28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Luke 23:30 Then

“ ‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!” ’
31 For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Luke 23:32        Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 23:35        The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

Luke 23:36        The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

Luke 23:38        There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Luke 23:39        One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

Luke 23:40        But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Luke 23:42        Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’”

Luke 23:43        Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:44        It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,  45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:47        The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”  48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.  49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Luke 23:50        Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,  51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.  52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.  53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.  54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Luke 23:55        The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.  56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Luke 24:1       On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” 8 Then they remembered his words. 

Grand Child #4 Is Here . . .

Posted by Tim on 31 March 2009 - 12:34pm

   Welcome Lillie Ava Laughlin - born 12th March to Matt & Christie in Louisville, KY!  We are again thrilled by the birth of our 5 pound 15 oz. 4th grand child; we now have 2 girls and 2 boys.  One set lives in Kentucky and the other set is in Asia.  Though we don't get to see them very much we love them dearly and are so thankful for God's blessing to our family.

We are hoping to be able see this new addition in either late May or early June as Matt & Christie are planning to visit us here in Dublin.  Please rejoice with us as we see this reminder of the miracle of new life. 

Matt & kids  Matt with son Isaiah and new baby Lillie

Christie & Lillie

Christie & Lillie on the way home from the hospital - via Starbucks!


Posted by Tim on 27 March 2009 - 1:02pm

    Today was the end of our first year, in terms of our legal immigration status, here in Ireland.  Every year we are required to report to our local Garda (Police) National Immigration Bureau to renew our registration.  Last year we were asked about what we are doing here, how long we planned on staying, if we had insurance, where we were living, where our bank account was, etc. etc. etc!

    As you may recall, one of our teammates here had to go back 7 or 8 times the first year to get everything sorted and then finally were issued their 'GNIB Card'.  We are certainly thankful that today's visit was relatively brief, about 2.5 hours, and we are good for another year.  There may be immigration  issues following our 3rd year, as Ireland is trying to impliment new 'border control' standards.  We are looking to our Father in heaven to clear the way when we get to that point. . . .

   Here's a picture of this coveted card - complete with the desired 'ugly' mug shots!

GNIB card


St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin - 17th March 2009

Posted by Tim on 18 March 2009 - 2:24pm

   For those of you who wish you could be here in Dublin on St. Patrick's day, here are a bunch of pics I took from the parade route.  Many thanks to our wonderful neighbors, Peter and Caitriona, for helping us way above & beyond!  Peter is a high ranking EMT and Caitriona (Katrina for you in the states) is finishing up her degree and will be a Pharmacist soon - she works with the Irish Red Cross.  Both were working the Parade and did a ton to help us be at the right place at the right time.  THANKS PETER & CAITRIONA!!    ENJOY THE PICS - Hopefully they will give you a sense of the crowd (over 500,000) and atmosphere! Parade observers Parade WatchersParade Watchers       Face paint more face paint         Crowd crowd            crowd  crowd            Band  bag pipes           football players  stilts           parade Marching Bandhorn player band           Band  Parade            Parade 

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