In her classic book, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister reminds us why today is called “Good Friday”.
As life goes on, it becomes clearer and clearer that the cross is not a dark aspect of religion. It is, on the contrary, the one hope we have that our own lives can move through difficulty to triumph. It’s the one thing that enables us to hang on and not give up when hanging on seems impossible and giving up seems imperative. The cross says very clearly that things will work out if we work them out and that whatever is, is important to our life’s fulfillment. The cross says that we can rise if we can only endure (148).
How timely these words are for us in the midst of COVID-19.
May the cross be for us today a symbol of hope that whatever the suffering of our lives is asking of us, we will be able not only to endure, but to live in hope of new life on the other side.
May it be so.