What’s so good about Good Friday? Why would the day Jesus suffered such a painful death be called “good”? I did a little research, and I discovered that there are several theories, but the answer is still unclear. One that made sense to me is that the word “good” in this context really means “holy.” Another is that it’s good because Jesus’ death, as terrible as it was, leads us to the Resurrection and Easter.
From a personal perspective, Good Friday is the opportunity to identify with Christ. We have our share of sufferings, and although we can hardly compare them with what Christ went through for our sake, we can offer them up for his sake.
While working on an upcoming Advent book by Dr. Ted Sri, I came upon this prayer:
“Lord, help me learn from you and the Holy Family to respond humbly when I am not treated well, and to see these occasions as opportunities to unite myself to your littleness, humility, and poverty in Bethlehem.”
Yes, it’s a prayer for Advent, but it seemed equally fitting for Lent. No matter what season of the Church year we find ourselves in, there are ample opportunities to unite ourselves to Christ: his sufferings, his littleness, his humility.
And that makes Good Friday a pretty good day.