The reason why I ask…
I was recalling how last year, soon after my reversion back to the Church, my friend, a non-denominational Christian and former Iglesia Ni Cristo member (and who I thought at the time was a very devout Christian) came over to my house on Good Friday. We had just completed eating dinner, and she popped by to see if I was interested in going out to the karaoke bar (which at the time is what I usually did on Fridays). I looked at her puzzled and said, “It’s Good Friday.” She responded, “I’m not Catholic.”
My instant reaction was deep hurt…not because she was disrespecting my religion (per se), but that as a Christian, I couldn’t understand why she had such a low regard for the day that Christ was cruxified in order to bring her, and everyone else, eternal life. I realize that we as Catholics do have a high reverence for days such as Good Friday (look at the Holy Triduum), but has the reformation removed many Christians so far away from His Sacrifice that they see Good Friday as just any other ordinary day??
I know that I’m making some generalizations here, but I really want to try to see the non-Catholic point-of-view.
[When she left (after an explanation of why I decided to stay home that night), I popped in my copy of “Passion of the Christ” to help me with my reflections for that day.]