Friday, 2 April 2010

Holy Saturday

It is Holy Saturday today... there is no Gospel passage for today except maybe that "on the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luk 23:56 RSV) and the passage in which the tomb is made secure by the priests (Mt 27:62). I know that the vigil is tonight, but still liturgically seen (as the vigil is part of Sunday) it is a quite and empty day. Today there is no mass, no celebration of the Eucharist, the only day in the year in which we cannot receive Jesus in the blessed sacrament... a day alone, our friend is in the grave, He has given up His life for us...

I can recall entering the Church last year and there was sense of emptiness.... it was silent and still, and I think this is something special we should take in, we should reflect on, ponder in our heart. The Lord is in the tomb, he is not here... It is the Sabbath day for the Jews, a day of rest, a day of silence and of reflection. In a way I guess every Sabbath for the Jews was maybe like Holy Saturday is for us...


Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster, and it is good that we sit down today and let everything sink in, that we take some time to let all the business of our daily lives pass by... All the dramatic events we experience in the last two days can leave us with an emotional and spiritual "hangover", an feeling of emptiness...

From watching with the Lord into the night, in the garden after the Last Supper on Thursday at the alter of repose. Our reflections on the tribunals with the high priests and with Pilate, the scourging at the pillar, and the long way of suffering going up calvary ending in the death on the cross... a time of lack of sleep and of distress... today this is over... it is all over...

"Consummatum est" (Joh 19:30 VUL)

As I suggested in my first post of this Tridium,  we can try and reflect on the love God has for us... these events are touching, and show how far God has gone in love for us... During the events yesterday we ask ourselves, was this necessary, all the pain and suffering, and we have to answer YES... "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." (Mat 26:39 RSV) It was necessary... the cup could not pass...

And as "God is Love" (1 Jn 4:16 ), what God did for is is what real love is... again, reflection on what Jesus did for us might bring us closer to the real and full understanding of what love is... and allow us to life ou this real love in a better and deeper way ourselves... a time of deep reflection... a time of realisation...

And then a time to wash our face and get ready!

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