I actually saw a news feed from a TV news talking head that started with "Happy Good Friday". Now having been raised an observant Catholic, I thought to myself "gee, that sounds kind of odd". It took me a while to figure out precisely why that seemed like such an odd statement, but it finally occurred to me that I was taught that there was nothing "happy" about Good Friday.
Now I'm religious or religiously educated enough to understand all of the subtleties associated with Good Friday, but what I do know that this is the day on which the faithful believe Jesus Christ was crucified. Somehow the words "happy" and "crucified" don't seem to mesh very well together. Now I do get it relative to the whole "salvation for mankind" deal, so perhaps on that level this is room for "happy", but still it seems to be a rather morbid concept to associate with the joyous. Especially in this day and age.
Yes, it seems that there is no joy or happiness to be found in the concept of sacrifice in this day and age, unless you happen to be a soldier I suppose. For most of the rest of us, the conditioning is in place such that we don't want to sacrifice anything. Hell, we don't even want to be inconvenienced. Remember, it was our society that created the very concept of fast food (getting food isn't enough...we have to get it fast, and if we have to wait five minutes for that burger, well damn we are going to be soooo upset). The concept of "me, as the center of the word" is almost becoming ingrained in our DNA like a predisposition to an extra digit. Maybe, hopefully, rightfully the pendulum will swing back one of these days and finding happiness in sacrifice for others will become fashionable again.
Maybe it really should be "Happy Good Friday" after all.
As a final note, one of the things that I've written and actually found insightful/inspirational was a posting from 2009 that I've pasted below. Some things just seem well suited for an annual dust-off and display, and this is one of them