Day 5: Passion

Day 5: Passion

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In our Friday morning plenary, Dr. Colón-Emeric guided students on the journey of Christ’s suffering and death.

At a Glance



Faculty Speaker

Rev. Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Assistant Research Professor of Theology and Hispanic Studies; Director of the Hispanic Studies Program

Lectionary Texts

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18-19

Reflections on the Lecture

Students prepare to help lead evening worshipIn our Friday morning plenary, Dr. Colón-Emeric guided students on the journey of Christ’s suffering and death.  After exploring several Scriptures found in the law and prophets of the Old Testament (Isa. 52-53, Psalm 22, Exo. 12-14, Lev. 16, Num. 21), he pointed students to the fulfillment of these Scriptures in correlating New Testament texts (Lk. 9:29-31, Heb. 6:19-20 & Heb. 9).  Dr. Colón-Emeric emphasized four interpretations of Christ’s passion, including the Suffering Servant, Christ as the Sacrificial Lamb, Christ as the One who leads those in bondage to freedom and Christ as Healer and Redeemer.  He wove a variety of artistic paintings (classical and contemporary) to illustrate these motifs and also to facilitate reflection on how the Gospel may have been introduced and interpreted by various ethnicities and cultures in history.  Finally, he challenged students to ponder where the cross fits in with the rest of the world and “how the story of Israel relates to the stories of other peoples.” 


Demons did not crucify him.  It is you who have crucified him and crucify him still when you delight in your vices and sins” — Dr. Colón-Emeric, quoting St. Francis of Assisi on our shared responsibility for Christ’s death

This mystery of the cross is a mystery, ultimately, of love. It is love that keeps Jesus on the cross, not nails.” — Dr. Colón-Emeric during plenary, on how Christ’s death proves God’s love for us

Other Activities

This afternoon we went to our second Arts Village as well as our first Prayer Practice workshops.  Students were able to explore intercessory prayer, visio divina, prayer journaling, group prayer, and praying the rosary. In the evening, the Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, led us in an evening service in which we learned to “sit at the foot of the cross.”  After multiple consecutive nights of celebrating the Eucharist, its notable absence tonight left an especially poignant impression as we left worship in silence. 

Looking Ahead

This weekend will be filled with lots of activity, and, we hope, much rest!  On Saturday we will journey on a pilgrimage through Durham, hearing the stories of several significant city leaders and learning the history of Durham’s involvement in the civil rights movement.  On Sunday, we will attend worship in Duke Chapel as we explore what it means to take Sabbath rest.