Cross Friday, not Good — Maren Tirabassi, USA

Cross Friday

not Good, that strange
completely unbiblical,
not to speak of theologically incorrect,
for the Friday.

I will not say or write or pray
that torture and killing are ‘good’,

though Jesus anticipated it,
God worked with it,
and the Spirit wasn’t nicknamed
‘Comforter’ for nothing.

Calling someone ‘martyr’
is not defining a saint,
but just our hunt for the deepest
‘Thank you’ we can offer.

Naming the places of crucifixion
in the midst of our world is
holy pilgrimage, Via Dolorosa,

not Good.

Call a cross a cross.

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