On Friday, March 29, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby appeared on a special Good Friday episode of BBC Radio program called “Thought for the Day” along with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westmister Vincent Nichols.
Both church leaders compared the banking crisis in Cyprus with the Easter story.
According to Ruth Gledhill of The Times, “Archbishop Welby and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westmister, Vincent Nichols, used the bail-out of Cyprus to reinforce the Easter message of crucifixion followed by resurrection.
“Archbishop Welby… said that he had read two accounts in one newspaper of the crisis in Cyprus.
“‘One told of a deal done, an agreement reached, and satisfaction over a complex … job completed. The other revealed companies running out of cash, people in despair, a whole country heading into penury, not just the banking sector. At that point, there was not even much rage, just grim acceptance.
“‘As we all know well, where you stand determines what you see. Good editing of that paper made me see two views. The impact was more powerful because neither made any comment. They just told the story.’
“He compared it to the crucifixion, in which two groups went away at the end of the process. ‘One was the ruling class. A tough but necessary job was done, and done well and neatly. The others were the women who supported Jesus and a few disciples. They left traumatized, fearful, despairing, every dream of the future gone.'”
Christian Today has transcribed more of what Welby said during the broadcast.
According to Christian Today, “While one group hated Jesus and saw a ‘mere man’, the power of His love swallowed the hate and destroyed it.
“The distraught women on the other hand discovered a love that was ‘more than merely human.’
“‘They saw Jesus as wonderful but defeated. The next few days would show that he was in fact utterly triumphant and far more than wonderful,’ he said.
“Archbishop Welby continued: ‘Good Friday is an extraordinary day. Whoever you are, whether rulers and rich, or ordinary people dealing with the worst of times, the death of Jesus is both a challenge and a promise of hope.
“‘The challenge is to show that same self-giving love for the sake of others. The promise is that nothing is beyond His reach and even despair can be healed.
“‘Whoever you are, whether rulers and rich, or ordinary people dealing with the worst of times, the death of Jesus is both a challenge and a promise of hope.'”