Good Afternoon. Good Day. Good Friday

Tom Bartolomeo
Good Friday C 2013
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31;
Hebrews 4: 14-16; 5: 7-9; John 18:1-19:42
Reproduced with Permission

Good Morning. Good Day. Good Friday. Somewhat startling when you put it that way. Should we greet each other today, TGIF, "Thank God It's Friday." What does it take to get us out of our comfort zone on any day of the week? We would be wrong to think this is a sad day. Were that so Jesus would not have appeared to his Apostles and more than 500 people after his Resurrection with his glorious wounds visible in his hands, side and feet.

There are times when some of us who have survived some painful injury are reminded of the experience in the visible scar tissue which remains. An operation, perhaps, removing some malignancy like cancer which could have killed us altogether. Then we separate the pain from the relief and are grateful. Wasn't that what Jesus said about a woman in labor giving birth?

When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. (John 16:21).

And Jesus when he 'labored' on the cross who was more grateful? You? Or Christ who gave birth to us and saved our souls? Is there anything more humbling to our pride? We can, however, do the next best thing. Stop complaining and take up our crosses. Be grateful that we have some pain to offer God as his "beloved Son" did that we, too, may rise gloriously someday. Had he not died as He did there would be no resurrection for us.

Let us make something good of the life God gave each of us on Good Friday and every day.