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There's a curious line in our creed, which says that immediately following his death, Jesus "descended into hell." What possibly can that mean?
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Several years ago, in Canada's prairies, not far from where I was born and raised, a man named Robert Latimer killed Tracy, his severely-handicapped daughter. He put her into the family truck, hooked a tube to the exhaust-emission, sealed the windows and doors and let her fall asleep.
One of the best-selling books in England at present is a novel by Tony Parson, Man and Boy. In it, Parson reflects upon some of the strengths and weaknesses of today's young adults, Generation X.
We speak of one section of the Gospels, that which narrates Jesus' life from the Last Supper until his death and burial, as chronicling his passion. On Good Friday, the lector begins the Gospel reading with the words: "The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John."