Good Friday | Catholic Central

By | September 5, 2019

(somber piano music) KAI: Hi, I’m Kai for Catholic Central. So, Good Friday. It’s the day when Jesus was unjustly
condemned to death, was tortured, and died on a cross. So, why on earth do we
call it Good Friday? Good question. First, the name Good
Friday comes from a time when English used good
to mean holy or sacred, so it’s still good even though some very bad things happened. In Church, we kind of
act out those things. When Jesus, God made
man, was falsely tried before the Sanhedrin
and then Pontius Pilate and was tortured and crucified, He died and then was laid in a tomb. It can be hard to hear, especially when the people attending the service read the part of the crowd. We’re the ones who look at Jesus and say, “Crucify him,” but it keeps us from
seeing the crucifixion as something bad people
did 2,000 years ago. It’s more difficult but more true to look at how our own
sins are part of the story. When we choose ourselves over God, that is us saying, “Crucify him.” Luckily, that’s not the end of the story. Even though all these bad things happened, Good Friday’s the day that Jesus transforms death by
accepting it willingly. It’s the day that God endures dying to save all of us humans from our sins because He loves us enough to die even for the people
putting Him on the cross. So, Good Friday is good
because of the love and mercy that Christ
pours out to the world. God loves us with complete and total love, mercy, and compassion, enough to say, even as we sin, “Father forgive them. They know not what they do.” We’re also commemorating the fact that God enters into our
suffering to share it with us. We all suffer in life, and we
see suffering all around us. Jesus shows that He is present with us when we’re experiencing the cross. Think of the worst moment of your life, your greatest moment of despair where you were tempted to give up. That’s where God dwells most intimately, even if it doesn’t get better, even when we don’t understand it. He’s been there, too, and is
there to share that with us, and even though Jesus, God incarnate, was killed, in His death on the cross, He takes our sins and
failings and even death itself and offers us forgiveness, redemption, and life in return. That’s a really different message on death than we usually hear, and Good Friday provides us an opportunity to meditate on the fact that though sin and death can separate us from God, it doesn’t have to be
the end of the story. For all of us here at Catholic Central, have a good Good Friday. (somber piano music)

2 thoughts on “Good Friday | Catholic Central

  1. Orlando Javien Post author

    Wow! That was impactful! Thank you for being a blessing!


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