You hold in your hands a nail that was used to crucify Christ. If you accept it, this nail is the beginning of a deeply moving and personal journey through the Passion story.
In ‘The Nail’ key witnesses describe Christ’s crucifixion from their point of view. Each character considers the part he or she played in hammering the nails into Jesus. We learn how the Roman centurion was just following orders, and that Pontios Pilate merely obeyed the wishes of the majority. Stephen Cottrell invites us to ask ourselves if we would have behaved any differently in those situations.
Every reflection consists of a biblical reading, a narrative from the perspective of the character and a short prayer. There are also practical suggestions on how to use the book as a fresh and unique Lent study course. ‘The Nail’ is ideal for individual reflection for group study, and can also be readily used as an innovative liturgy for Good Friday.
Will you accept the nail that crucified Christ? Will you recognize your role in the drama of the cross?