My Tyler Jr. was born on October 15th, 2013.
It was a Tuesday.
And from October 15th on, each Tuesday thereafter was marked with a special remembrance in my heart. “He’s one week old today!” I’d think to myself. Or, “At this time three weeks ago he was only a few hours old!”
It has since faded a little bit, but it wasn’t until at least ten or twelve Tuesdays had gone by before I stopped waking up each Tuesday morning with just a little bit of extra joy in my heart.
My little one had given Tuesdays a whole new meaning for me.
I’ve never known the pain of losing a close loved one, but I can imagine a sort of similar principal applies—and probably even moreso. We mark the day with a kind of remembrance…a mini anniversary within our hearts. It doesn’t unfold like any other day. It’s set apart.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross to save us from sin and to free us from death.
He did this on a Friday.
Accordingly, Friday isn’t just another day for us Christians. It’s set apart. This is part of the reason why all Fridays (unless a solemnity happens to fall on a Friday) are what is known as “penitential days” for Catholics.
Can. 1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.
We all know of the penitential season of Lent, but did you know that we are supposed to enter into a sort of “mini Lent” each Friday as well?
Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
In fact, as Catholics we are required to abstain from meat every Friday. (or some other food if perhaps giving up meat isn’t really a sacrifice for you. i.e. If you’re a vegetarian you gotta come up with some other food from which to abstain as your act of penance).
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
It’s time we set our Fridays apart, just as the Church has asked us to. Don’t let today be just another day. Your Savior died for you this day. Do something as an act of remembrance.