A Catholic Family Searches for Answers Behind the Tradition
Displayed with permission from Latin Times
When we look up the meaning of Good Friday on the web, we usually find textual and generic answers that state facts “Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday observed during Holy Week as part of the Pascal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.”
While I was doing my research, I wasn’t getting the meaning that I wanted to convey in my words due to the lack of sentiment I found online. So, I decided to ask some of my family members who are very devoted to Catholicism, and these are the answers I was given:
“Day in which Jesus finalizes His mission on earth, He dies on the cross at 3:00pm on the Friday. He died to save us and to take away eternal damnation caused by our sins.” – Mom
“Day of The Passion of Christ, day in which God gives us His greatest object of affection. He sacrificed His only son to save us from our sins so we could achieve eternal life. And Christ, always obedient and trusting His father walks with the Cross that lead Him to His death. Even though He was in pain, and He was treated badly, He never flaked, He stood by His father’s word until the end and saved us.” – Aunt Caro
“To me, it’s the day in which God demonstrated His love for us. He sacrificed His only son. He forgave us for our sins, and gave us eternal life” – Uncle Luis
These answers reflect what the true meaning of Good Friday is for religious people. It’s not only a Holiday full of fun, food, and good times. We should also take the time, at least those who actually believe, and reflect about God’s gift to us.