“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me.”
Those are the words of St. Patrick from his prayer, St. Patrick’s Breastplate. When we live with the mindset that all of life is Christ and Christ is all of life, or as Jonathan Edwards would say, with our eyeballs “stamped with eternity,” then the beauty, agony, and victory of Good Friday is ours to commemorate every day.
Easter weekend is a wonderful way to set aside time specifically for reflection on the suffering, death, and resurrection of the Savior. But Holy Week should not last merely one week, just as celebrating the birth of Jesus is not limited to Christmas day, nor giving thanks to God to only the last Thursday in November.
Why do we even call this day “Good Friday”? How can something tragic be good? If this tragedy was simply a day in history when a great prophet was silenced, it could not be called “good.”
If the significance of this day was the defeat of a rising liberator for the Jewish people against Roman rule, it could not be called “good.”
But this was the day the Son of God’s death on a cross meant eternal life for mankind. That is good news!
The Father created this plan before the foundation of the world, saw what He had made, and declared it “good.” It is because of this plan–and the Son’s righteous fulfillment of it–that we are able to celebrate tragedy. His loss became our gain. His death our life. His resurrection our hope.
Oh, how good it is!