We may not literally crucify people any more, but poverty and oppression are a form of crucifixion. Hate and racism and other “-isms” are forms of crucifixion. We perjure ourselves when we say we want to spread the good news of the kingdom of God and yet work hard to exclude those who aren’t just like us. The Passion narrative certainly does have a great deal to say to us about our own complicity in the passion and death of Jesus. “They shall look on him whom they have pierced” applies to us, too. We really do need this time to reflect on this most sorrowful story.