Posted by: livingscripture | April 23, 2011

HOLY SATURDAY

From the Word of the Day 

They (Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus) took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, following the Jewish burial custom.

               John 19: 40                                                                    

How should we live this Word 

Holy Saturday is a somber day which marks the end of the earthly presence of Jesus, and signals the glory of His Resurrection.  The hearts of His disciples were saddened when Jesus spoke of His imminent departure.  How much more were they upset before His tomb!  Everything seemed to be over.  Jesus was dead and buried like all other mortals.  It was a though the Jesus ‘event’ was an extraordinary moment that had ended in failure and the world, life, and their hopes remained as they were before.

However, Holy Saturday is also the day in which Jesus, though dead, unveils in a hidden way, the ultimate meaning, and the profound power of the cross.  He goes to announce new and eternal life to the dead awaiting salvation in Sheol.  (Peter 3, 19) Jesus proclaims in this abyss that it is already Easter! 

 Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will meditate on Jesus’ burial in John 19: 38-42, and I will remain waiting withMary.                                                                                                    

Lord Jesus, convert me in my depths!  Grant that I may already enjoy the fruit of Your passion, death and resurrection and that I may thank You and praise You forever!

The voice of Heinrich Schlier, Theologian

Jesus Christ’s Resurrection is an opening to a love that redeems and takes upon itself all sins in a supreme moment.  Through death, it becomes a continuous present and an eternal future.  The Resurrection is the victory of the measureless love of the merciful God over the death He suffered.


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