On the occasion of Good Friday, Bishop of Pune, Bishop Thomas Dabre has appealed to citizens to face evil with goodness, truthfulness and forgiveness. Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day.
As part of the ongoing Holy Week, city churches in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad have been conducting special religious services. Good Friday was observed with prayers and sermons and evening mass held at various churches.
St Patrick’s Church commemorated the events of Good Friday by observing Stations of the Cross — a 14-step devotion often performed by Catholics. This is a day of fasting within the church. Altars are left bare and the solemn, muted atmosphere is preserved until Easter vigil. A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion.
Bishop Dabre, in a statement issued here, said that the most common question curiously asked by all, both Christians and others, is why it is called Good Friday. Jesus was most cruelly treated, humiliated, stripped, beaten, maligned and crucified with utmost hatred and venom. So understandably it is difficult to appreciate it as Good Friday, Bishop Dabre said.
He pointed out that Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross was his total sacrifice for the well-being, fulfillment and salvation of mankind. This was a divine act of mercy and forgiveness. Therefore, consistently the day on which Jesus was martyred is proclaimed as Good Friday. It is simultaneously a manifestation of human cruelty at its worst and divine mercy at its utmost, Bishop Dabre said.
He urged that unless a human being mends his ways, admits to his own guilt and repents, his own evil deeds will catch up with him, no matter how highly positioned. Jesus called the merciless treatment meted out to Him “an hour of darkness.” However, what is enlightening is that Jesus called the hour of the cross the hour of His glory…, Bishop Dabre added.