Celebrating Easter Today

Black Saturday

Matthew 28: 1-10
Rom 6: 3-11 / Ps 118: 1-2. 16-17. 22-23

Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
(Matthew 28:5-6)

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

Very early on the first day of the week (after Sabbath), Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and John, went to the tomb of Jesus bringing spices. There was a strong earthquake as an angel came down and rolled back the large rock covering the entrance of the tomb. He told them that the Lord had resurrected as He had promised. They went off, fearful, but overjoyed. On the way, Jesus met them and greeted them. As they did Him homage, embracing His feet, Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

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 in the Gospel 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 at all, 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. These are: Christmas Day, New Year, and Easter Sunday. Among the three, our Church holds Easter Sunday as 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 the bondage of sin. Easter is so important that it is celebrated for seven weeks until Pentecost. In fact, even this day (Black Saturday) is already a part of Easter, because the day of Christ’s death was the start of mankind’s salvation!

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! Amen.

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