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Taking stock on Good Friday

Good Friday seems oddly misnamed. It is a Holy Day, but one that commemmorates a part of our history we'd rather forget. Nobody who has meditated on the Passion of the Christ needs Milgram's experiment to convince them of the dangers of conformity and obedience to authority; the scenes in the Temple when the crowd cries for Barabbas to be freed reminds us that we are all Jews, all equally guilty of demanding the death of the innocent Jesus. Yes, it's the horrible sacrificial death that must precede the joyous resurrection of Easter, but it seems far too dark and filled with horror, perhaps because it forces us to examine the parts of our souls we really don't want to look at, the parts we want to forget.

It seems an appropriate time to look back and consider how I've done this Lenten season. Obedience to the Law of the Fish (including fasting on Ash Wednesday and today), check; repentance and confession, nope; attendance at Mass, ditto. I'll make it to Good Friday Mass at St. Olaf's today, and very likely to the 8 AM Sunday mass at St. Edward's before I head in to do video stuff at Minicon, but I really should have made time to get to Mass more often.


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Mar. 25th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
The Ol' Baptist Agrees
"Good" Friday is an odd word choice (I wonder if it's a translation thing, or maybe it's the ultimate act of "good" on Christ's part. I liked your musing on "perhaps because it forces us to examine the parts of our souls we don't really want to look at..."

What was the other part? Oh yeah, I remember as a child (or maybe a pre-teenager) upon first hearing the "Jews killed Jesus" line, thinking, "Uh, I think we all did." It just didn't make any sense to claim the benefit from Jesus' death without taking responsibility for it...
Mar. 26th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: The Ol' Baptist Agrees
I've often wondered about that myself, where that "Good" came from.
Mar. 27th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
I had to look something up on...
Dictionary.com, and found that they had an article about Easter terminology, and I found this entry:

"Good Friday illustrates good in the sense of 'holy; observed as a holy day' and may be the oldest Christian celebration, its name possibly a corruption of 'God's Friday.' "
Mar. 28th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: The Ol' Baptist Agrees
beat's "Bad Friday"


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