The Saturday following the death of Jesus must have been something. While the Bible says very little about this day, we can imagine the Passover crowd in Jerusalem will return to their normal routines. The Jewish people will observe the Sabbath. Some might even be relieved the so-called “King of the Jews” has been removed from the scene.
For the disciples of our Lord though, the reality of what happened will slowly come together. For these followers, life will never be the same. They know they will find a way to move on, but still, life will be empty and scary. It is a dark and depressing day. They will spend time hiding in fear of being arrested.
For us, Holy Saturday is a significant time, even if we don’t pay much attention to it. The day is meaningful because it connects to the place many of us are at in our lives. Many of us live in the in-between times. We live in the time of “uncertainty” (a theme we focused on this Lenten season). We reflect on what has happened and we wait for new beginnings to occur. Saturdays are times in which we hear the diagnosis and we wait to see what’s next. Saturdays are times in which a family member has shared the big news and we wait to see how everything will play out.
So what do we do with the Saturdays in our life? The temptation is to spend money on quick fixes or keep as busy as we can. These options are not good. The only good option is to “trust” in God. About this day, Pope Benedict XVI writes, “we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.” In Matthew 28:20 we read, “I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (CEB)
We need to believe the Lord is always with us! With this assurance we can always move on and move forward with our head held high. We never want to lose hope!
Blessings during this meaningful time of year!