Thank God it’s Friday! I wonder why we don’t say TGIS (Thank God it’s Saturday!) or TGIW (Thank God it’s Wednesday!) Obviously if you work a normal forty hour week TGIF makes sense. It’s the last day of the work week. But when you get right down to it, God gives us every day, including Friday, and we should give thanks for them all. Believe me, if you haven’t already, at some point in your life you’ll realize that each day is precious. Our days are numbered and none of us knows how many we have left.
Friday has a special significance for Catholics. It’s the day Jesus Christ gave up His life so that we might have a chance of getting into heaven. It’s always been a day where we’re called upon to do some form of penance. Once-upon-a-time, we weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Guess what. That rule was never lifted. In 1966 the US Bishops modified the requirement to include other types of penance. In other words, if you do eat meat on a normal Friday, you’re supposed to do some other form of penance. Somehow that little detail has slipped a lot of people’s minds.
But this isn’t a normal Friday. It’s a Friday during Lent and for us Catholics, that means “no meat.” No hamburgers, no hot dogs, no barbecue. And, that’s a good thing. It really is. First of all, if you like fish, it’s really no penance at all. Even if you hate fish, there’s pasta, and vegetable stuff that tastes like meat. What it is is a reminder. Hopefully three times today you’ll stop and think that today’s a day of abstinence and you’ll think about why. Why can’t I eat meat? Because today’s the day we remember what Jesus did for us. He died a horrible, painful death on the cross so you and I might have eternal life.
That’s what today is all about. So enjoy your macaroni and cheese But don’t forget to remember what Lent is all about. TGIF! God gave us this day. Let’s make the most of it.