Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
A few weeks ago, on Palm Sunday, I talked about this time being like Holy Saturday. Through this pandemic, we have, collectively and in our own way, known the power of overwhelming loss and the struggle to know hope and in being people God's light shines through.
Sister Joan Chittister writes about experiencing and living the fullness of Holy Saturday as a powerful tool for growing a mature faith. Sister Joan writes, "Holy Saturday faith is not about counting our own blessings; it is about dealing with darkness and growing in hope."
Honouring the Sabbath on that first Holy Saturday, the people closest to Jesus were silent today.
What will your prayer be today?
Mine is that the miracle of Easter resurrection be blessed by Mary's witness and the witness of those who ran to the tomb because they really don't know. Good Friday has changed them and we get that. Good Friday has brought them to their knees and tomorrow we will read about them running. They run because they bravely seek connection. Today, I pray that we will connect with God in life, in death, and in life beyond death.
What are your prayers on Easter Eve?