The second chapter of the Triduum is Good Friday.
This is the traditional day on which Christians celebrate, yes celebrate, the triumph of the cross through Christ’s crucifixion, death, and burial.
The earliest annual commemoration of the crucifixion was in the second century, when Christ’s death and resurrection were commemorated together in a unified festival known as Pascha.
In the fourth century in Jerusalem, the two events began to be observed separately. On Friday morning, the Christians venerated the cross: then from noon until 3:00 p.m., there were Old Testament readings, Passion narratives, and psalms. By the middle of the seventh century in Rome, it became customary to read the Passion narrative from John’s Gospel each Good Friday.
What great lengths our God is willing to go to, to make God’s love known to us. This is the reality of the cross. Jesus experiences ridicule, pain, and death. And it is unjust and wrong. Still, it is how God chooses to show us the power of sacrificial love. To offer us a new wisdom for life. To save us from our sin.
It happened this way because God chose to have it happen this way. It is God’s insistence on being God-enough to experience all that we do. To know our pain fully. To know how death tastes. All because God wants nothing to separate us from His love for us in Christ.
So, it had to happen this way. For us. For God.