Thursday, April 21, 2011

reflections on good friday

why do they call it good?
i wonder,
being not well
catechized —
this day of crushed hopes
and broken dreams,
this dying of one
who wronged
none,
this crucifixion
of the
innocent.

"because he poured out his life unto death,"

i read.

why do they call it good?
this day of sorrows,
of goodbyes,
of sacrifice.

"my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

"they have taken my Lord away"

"he was crushed for our iniquities"

why?

then i read,
"it is finished."

and on the third day,
he rose...


"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the House of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith..."


(Isa. 53:12, Ps 22:1, Mt. 27:45, Jn 20:13, Isa 53:5, Jn 19:30, Heb 10:19-22)


(linking to imperfect prose)

20 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

This gave me little shivers.

My children always ask the same, "Why do they call it good?"

Elaine said...

Yes...I think you're right. And it is good...very good. Blessings!

Kay L. Davies said...

I used to wonder the same thing. Even after knowing why, I have still found it sad. I guess sacrifices are inherently sad, even for the greater good.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Loree said...

Beautiful sentiments and lovely words. Thoughts to ponder.
Why good? I don't know. It is different in every language. If I had to translate from my language it would be 'big Friday'.

Deborah Carr said...

I've always found it difficult to feel joy at Easter...what always staggers me is the pain and sacrifice underscored by the terrible betrayal that is so inherent to human nature. Perhaps because we still live amongst it.

Lovely hopeful words, though, Leslie. Peace with you.

Rachel said...

Wonderful, communion words, it was nice partaking in the bread and wine with you today. It is finished!

S. Etole said...

Thank you, Leslie ... for this ... and so much more.

Laura said...

Leslie,
This gave me chills! Haven't we all wondered? It is such an incomprehensible Thing. Wasn't there another way? I still struggle with these questions sometimes. My simple mind cannot grasp the depth of this one Act.

But my heart grasps the love. And I love what you said over at my place: leaving the place of comfort because of love. The essence of Easter. Yes.

Thank you for this beauty on this Maundy Thursday.

emily wierenga said...

oooh.... yes. "it is finished." such power in those words. it was good because it was over. and it was the beginning. all in one. i love you leslie.

Dawn Elliott said...

Holy week is such a mixed bag of emotions...it is truly a wonder to witness the celebrations in Mexico that, though sometimes somber, also celebrate great joy.

Rick said...

The greatest story that ever happened ... for us, mere mortals.

Your last 3 posts are especially beautiful.

Have a peace-filled Easter.

Joybird said...

I still have a hard time imagining a completely innocent man, no sin, no shame, ever. I just thought about this when I read "one who wronged none." But I can't even wrap my mind around Jesus' perfection so I really wonder if I can ever understand the travesty of justice in His murder?

Tracy said...

I always wondered about the "good" too....Wishing you & yours blessed Easter, Leslie ((HUGS))

robida said...

you are a poet and your thoughts have freedom.

have a happy and peaceful easter.

Claudia said...

yes - you found the right words leslie - love your good friday poem... i posted one yesterday but i didn't get the message across - so deleted it again...agh...it's not easy to grasp it because it's so much bigger than we could ever think
thanks for this

Debbie D. said...

Thank you for your beautiful words.

Remembering His sacrifice today!

Vivek Chamoli said...

Hi Leslie,

It also makes me feel the way you expressed so well , why it is called good?

may be god want is this way to be happy as he is telling never give up try till the last minute...look to me have faith I will protect you.
just don't loose your hope :)

Take care
Keep smiling

ayala said...

This is what my ten year old said. He said they should call it bad Friday .

B. Meandering said...

I was at a loss for words for this day. You found them for me. Beautiful poem, Leslie. Wonderful answer.

Francesca said...

Beautiful poem. I've also always wondered by in English it's called good friday.