Is it really appropriate to call today GOOD Friday? What’s so good about it? The truth is, this day is solemn and historically practiced with fasting and deep grief.
“Good Friday is the day Christians commemorate the suffering and execution of Jesus by the Roman-occupying empire in Jerusalem,” says professor and Jesuit priest Bruce Morrill, PhD, Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. “The day focuses on the passion and death of Jesus.”
Yet, we remember on this day of the deeply terrible act of Jesus’ crucifixion, that God’s goodness prevails through the Easter commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection. Christ’s Goodness is displayed throughout our godliness each and every day; God is good without our participation and, yet, when we are open to the possibilities of the deep live and holiness of God, we are able to see the multitude of daily instances of Christ’s goodness. Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” So goodness comes from God, the central focus of Good Friday. And don’t forget…Sunday’s coming!
Note: Be sure and be a part of online Good Friday Worship tonight at 7:00 pm (details below); our congregation’s art will be featured!