Black Saturday

Black Saturday

Luke 24: 1-12
Gn 1:1–2:2 / Ps 104 / Rom 6:3-11

Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.
(Luke 24:5-6)

Morning has come, a New Life awaits,
The rock has been rolled, let’s celebrate!
Freed at last from sin and destruction,
Christ has risen for our redemption!

Very early on the first day of the week (after the Sabbath), three women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and John, and Joanna, went to the tomb of Jesus bringing spices. They found the large rock covering the entrance of the tomb rolled away, and the tomb empty. Two men in dazzling garments (angels) appeared and told them that the Lord had resurrected as He had promised. They remembered His words and believed. But when they related these events to the other disciples, they did not believe them. Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself, and came back amazed at the empty tomb.

Reflection

Today is Holy Saturday, once known as Black Saturday, commemorated as the only day when God as man was dead. There are no accounts related by any of the four evangelists about this ‘Black Sabbath’ –- except about the chief priests and pharisees, (in Matthew, 27:62-66), requesting Pilate to post guards at the tomb, “lest His disciples steal the body and say to the people ‘He has been raised from the dead’.” This day seems to bear no significance, and does not appear at any time in the Church’s Liturgical calendar. It may well be “not here” at all. In fact the Gospel for today is about an event that will transpire tomorrow (Easter Sunday)!

There are only three major events in the Christian Liturgical Year when we are obliged by the Church to celebrate the day with a Eucharistic Mass — Christmas Day, New Year, and Easter Sunday. Among the three, Easter Sunday is the most important, because this is the day that God’s Plan for mankind’s redemption finally comes to realization. Christ, the Son of Man has risen! And in His Resurrection, man has finally been freed from death and destruction. Easter is so important that it is celebrated for seven weeks until Pentecost. In fact, this day is already a part of Easter, because the day of Christ’s death is the start of mankind’s salvation!

This day is not a time for mourning. It is a time of preparation for the big day tomorrow. Praise God for the coming Light of RESURRECTION! The stone has been rolled away, a new LIFE awaits . . . prepare to celebrate!

We Praise You, Father God and Adore You, for You have emptied Yourself out for us through the pains and death of Your Beloved Son, so that we may have Life Eternal!

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