Holy Saturday

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him    

Isaiah 52

Peace be with you. The introduction to my morning office today reminded me that Holy Saturday is a time of quiet and silence as we continue to contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus. Biblically during this time, before the resurrection, the disciples for fear of the Jews and persecution lock themselves in the upper room.

Many of us today may understand what that feels like as we distance ourselves from family, move away from our normal routine, and wonder how this is going to tun out. We may be asking will we ever be the same? Despite all these unknowns, the scriptures repeatedly remind us that God will not let death and darkness have the last word.

On Good Friday, Bishop Robert offered that at moments like the crucifixion of Jesus, God travels into the depth “Godforsakeness”, to let us know that even there, His love reaches us. We are children of light; an Easter people. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020