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Bad Friday Psalm 22

Bad Friday

The bad, the good and the holy

At a Glance

We love Fridays, don't we? In fact, we love Fridays so much, it's hard to even imagine a Friday being a bad Friday. But if you're Jesus, Friday is not such a good day. So why do we call the day he died a "good" Friday? There are a number of answers to this question, including an etymological one.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Famous Last Words," April 18, 2003, at

There are good days, and there are bad days.

And then there are Fridays. TGIF!

We love Fridays! For most, it's the last day of work for the week. It means that at 5 p.m. the weekend begins. It reminds us that the good stuff we've planned for Friday or Saturday night is close at hand! So, for most people in our culture today, every Friday -- any Friday -- is a good Friday.

There are no bad Fridays. It's like an oxymoron. Bad Friday. No such thing.

- "I haven't been this excited about Friday since ... last Friday!"

- "Dear Friday, ...

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