This little book of reflections is compiled by Fr Michael Collins to help us reflect on and make sense of what happened on Good Friday. The reflections direct us to look at 4 Angry Men - Annas, Caiaphas, Herod, and Pontias Pilate, and asks do we see anything of ourselves in their actions that day. It then goes on to look at Jesus, His arrest, interrogation, humiliation, and crucifixion, and provides a meditation on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. Lastly it provides a meditation for each of the Stations of the Cross.
The meditations are short and accessible, recently one parishioner said of the book: For the first time it felt like the book was written for the likes of me, and not some expert. Fr Collins uses a lifetime of experience in teaching on the meaning of Good Friday to present those events in a way that deepens our understanding of the motivations of all the players involved, and the centrality of the death of Jesus to our understanding of who He was and is. This little book of reflections brings us all to look at this familiar event with new eyes and understanding.
Fr Michael Collins was born in 1936 and ordained in Rome in 1960. He worked in the Diocese of Derry for fifty years, spending eighteen years in charge of the Bogside parish of Longtower during The Troubles. He is now retired, but is a frequent broadcaster - contributing over 100 pieces for Radio Ulster’s Though for the Day programme, as well as appearing on Radio 4 and World Service. He has a passion for photography, and his book of archive photographs, Travellers in Time and Eternity was published in 2013