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  • Nico Quintos

God's Friday

Today, we stand in the shadow of the cross. Jesus suffered and died for our sins. And sadness is the dominant mood. Churches around the world are stripped of decorations, with an empty altar and the tabernacle door wide open, as if we are all mourning.


We feel betrayed by Judas. We share in Jesus' agony in the garden. We weep with Peter after his denials. We feel helpless and powerless during Jesus' trial. We are hurt with Jesus as he is nailed on the cross, and we mourn with Mary at his burial. And yet, paradoxically, we call this day "Good" Friday.


It is ironic that the events we commemorate are filled with suffering and sorrow, yet we refer to this day as "good." The term "good" in Good Friday reflects the outcome, the result, the eternal significance of the event on Calvary. Jesus had two options: either inflict on us the punishment we so deserved because of our sins or assume it. Jesus chose to assume it, to take upon Himself the weight of our sins. That's the goodness of this day. It lies in the ultimate act of love and sacrifice—Jesus laying down His life for us and opening the path to salvation. 


It is called Good Friday because, on this day, Jesus redeems us, offering us a new life by dying to our former selves and our sins. It is called Good Friday because, on this day, Jesus makes us good.


We live in a world filled with suffering and sorrow, a world where death abounds in the midst of life. Every day, we hear about death because of abortion, drug overdoses, suicides, hunger, sickness, or war. Yet, the outcome of Good Friday, the result of Jesus' love and sacrifice, solidifies our hope that life will prevail over death, that life is good, that life is worth living.


As we venerate the cross today, we embrace the complex emotions this day evokes—sorrow for our Lord's suffering, gratitude for his unbounded love, and hope in the new life he offers.

 

This Friday is called "good" because God is good. NQ

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