Posted by: livingscripture | April 7, 2012


From the Word of the Day

“When the Sabbath was over…”

                                                      (Mark 16: 1)


How should we live this Word

Saturday was the only day of the week according to the Hebrew calendar that had a name and in particular, the great Saturday that coincided with Passover.  The Gospels have us go from Good Friday, the sixth day that coincides with the creation of human beings, to the first day of the week, which according to the economy inaugurated by Jesus, is the witness of the recreation of humanity.  Saturday is named only fleetingly, as something overcome, projecting us toward the fullness of the eighth day.

Saturday is a day wrapped in silence, a silence heavy with expectancy.  It is the day of earthly existence, the vigil of a feast that will never end.  Living the Saturday of our existence means entering into silence.

The seals that close the holy sepulcher have not silenced the Word but have imposed silence on every other voice.  The unruly and piercing shouts of the crucifiers have been spent.  Silent are the groans of the friends that followed the Teacher toCalvary.  Silent are the intimate friends, the apostles who hide behind locked doors in their terrible sorrow.  Even Mary is silent, the Mother who had received the last testimony of love.

It is she whom we wish to approach on this day of great silence.  Now we feel close her close to us as never before.  She too is enveloped in the darkness of a mystery that transcends her and immerses her in reflective waiting.  She is silent but she believes and waits!  Her silence full of trustful abandonment is the invitation to enter without fear into our silences.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will be supported by this certainty…every cross has meaning.  Every cross is a prelude to the resurrection!  I wish to remain in this silence today.

Virgin of silence, Mother of expectancy, teach me the silence of trust, the silence of love. 

The voice of Sr. Anna Maria Canopi, Benedictine Abbess

The Lord says, ‘You will be quiet and I too will remain alone, waiting.’  You will remain calm, alone, near me, in silence, and I too, in silence, remain close to you.  It is the vigil.  Then it will be the union, the covenant.  And from the silence, the joy of the feast will blossom forth. 


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