Fr. Marek last night gave a very thought-provoking homily. Looking around at the surprisingly empty church, he says “Many times people think Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter are three separate days. Really they are one.” He went on to explain how when you think about the events of each day it’s really like Jesus had one big long day from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion and then His burial. This is an awesome time of year when we as Christians can reflect on the true meaning of Jesus’s life and death and it”s profound effect on our lives…and deaths.
Father then explained how many times in our lives we enjoy the good things…the happy things…and despair when bad things happen. This got me thinking. We as humans fail to see that out of these unfortunate events come valuable and necessary life lessons that are needed to bring us to where God wants us to be in our lives. No one likes bad things to happen…but we all enjoy those moments when we can look back at our pasts and see the progression that has gotten us to where we are right now. When you can look back to your first day of college and then take a gander at your diploma framed neatly on the wall you don’t remember the all-night study sessions or the times you ate Ramen Noodles for two months straight. You see a starting point and a goal met, and you are pleased.
Father says “We want the Easter without the Good Friday. We want the joy of knowing Jesus has risen. To know He is alive again…without having to go through the pain of the Crucifixion with Him.” (For any of you who were actually at Mass last night you know I’m totally paraphrasing here.) The church was empty last night…just us and the old people. I say that to the kids all the time…”We go to church during Holy Week because we need to be there for Jesus, to honor Him for what He did for us…but it will just be us and the old people.” Jesus is with us every second of every minute of every day of our lives…He never forgets us. Today, even if it’s just for an hour, let’s remember Jesus. Let’s honor Him. Let’s give Him the respect He most assuredly deserves in our lives. Because we all know, you can’t have Easter without Good Friday.