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Tesco, a British grocery chain, has apologized for its beer advertisement that claimed “Good Friday just got better.”

Perhaps the apology is appropriate considering that Good Friday has traditionally been a time for commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus.

In Chicago, Good Friday was more appropriately marked by a “Walk Against Violence” protesting the 160 violent killings this year and the 800 murders last year, mostly among those under the age of 20.

Remembering her 18-year-old son, who was a victim of gun violence, one mother said that afterwards she almost took her own life. Now, she realizes, “I must carry the cross.”

Here’s My Take: Protesting the devastation of violence is a somber acknowledgment of the crucifixion’s reality. We must all carry the cross.

That’s why Easter morning brings such hopefulness. The message of the empty tomb is that violence does not win out. What hate has crucified, love will resurrect. That’s a message worthy of celebration.

Perhaps if Tesco had used the slogan “Easter just got better,” there would be no need to apologize.