Here’s a story some claim is true: A woman was standing in line at the bank when there was a commotion at the counter. After reading a small sign on the counter a rather mature looking man was distressed, exclaiming, where will I put my money?! I have all my money and my mortgage here!! What will happen to my mortgage?! The small sign on the counter read:
WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY.
In our sacred story, on Good Friday we observe the commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It’s a gloomy day. Scripture reminds us “from noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.” Truthfully, it’s always been a bit of an oxymoron for me to call the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death “good.” It’s an antiquated language issue. Let me remind you there are three reasonable sounding explanations. Some suggest “good” means “holy.” Others speculate it may be a corruption of “God’s Friday.” The Oxford English Dictionary states the adjective “good” refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church.” We don’t use the word good in this way but in the 13th century “good” referred to “holy, sacred.” I also read this day is known as “the Holy and Great Friday” in the Greek liturgy, “Holy Friday” in Romance Languages and “Karfreitag” (Sorrowful Friday) in German. I’m over the strangeness of the word “good” because I know that before resurrection there is death. I once read… “Jesus took no person, no thing, and no day for granted. His life was intense. His love was passionate. His presence was palpable. There was deep meaning and significance to who he was and everything he did. He lived as he did, not in spite of his coming death, but rather, because he knew that after death comes resurrection.”
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 25:6
“And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.”
What does Good Friday mean for your priorities,
the values you hold?
How can you be more attentive to others?
How are you filled with gratitude and appreciation?
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