sexta-feira, 6 de abril de 2012

Good Friday/Sexta-Feira Santa

There are two things that make this day good. I should, of course, dedicate the bulk of my comments towards the ultimate good thing which is the annual commemoration of the actual day when Jesus Christ bore the iniquities of the world upon the cross, defeating death, and bringing freedom from sin to all. Oh holy, miraculous thing! However, I'd rather talk about what must be viewed (in light of the first good thing) as a much secondary good thing about Good Friday--a day off work.

T.S. Eliot wrote, "April is the cruelest month." This sentiment, while possibly true for his purposes, proves that he was never a high school teacher. For most educators, March is the cruelest month: no holidays, far from the beginning, far from the ending, illnesses that accompany weather changes, and an overall weariness. Students whine and drag their feet while teachers drag their feet and entertain acts of desperation in their day dreams. 

Then, a corner is turned, and April arrives. With April comes the hope of resurrection --not only the blessed promise of a resurrected Savior that accompanies Easter but also a resurrection of hope in the day-to-day lives of teachers and students everywhere. Finally, there is a day of rest! And maybe more if your school district is clever with its calendar. Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel--the long school year--can be glimpsed, and footsteps quicken. In a month, both students and teachers will be running towards that end, but, for now, the pace is once again upbeat and light. No wonder we celebrate this season with images of birth and infancy in secular culture (eggs, bunnies, etc.)--life is renewed.

This is what I anticipate as I indulgently lounge on my sofa in my pajamas on this Good Friday at mid-day--a renewal of life. Yes, I have a stack of papers to grade sitting in my school bag casually tossed in its usual spot, but they will most definitely be waiting until Monday. Today, I will rest and relax and be grateful. Thank you, Jesus, for what you did for my soul on the cross (I know that I don't deserve it, could never earn it, and can only respond to it with love and submission)! And, thank you, God, for creating a world full of cycles, so that we can always find new hope in the next light at the end of the next tunnel.

Have a blessed, blessed Good Friday! Feliz Pascoa!

"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." -Psalm 30:5b (NIV)