Ever wonder why today is called Good Friday? I have. Why would the day we commemorate the agonizing death and burial of our Lord be called “good”? I have no answers, but in re-reading the beautiful prophecy from Isaiah and St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, I have a theory. It may not work for you, but it has given me a different perspective on today. The longest of the Suffering Servant Songs is presented today. It clearly points out what a servant of the Lord can expect if they remain faithful—unpleasantness in the form of ridicule or maybe even torture. But Paul assures us that whatever we experience, Jesus did too. We can always turn to Jesus for strength. What we are going through may not end well, but we will be given what we need to endure and triumph. And that, my dear readers, is good indeed!! Happy Good Friday!!
Did you know that today is the only day of the whole year when the Catholic Church does not celebrate Mass? Today’s Liturgy is only a Solemn Liturgy consisting of three components: Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Liturgy of Eucharist. Today Communion is offered only as consecrated bread from the night before. This day is special, so please treat it as such.