Black Saturday

Mark 16: 1-7
Rom: 6: 3-11 / Psa 118

“… you seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen…”
(Mark 16:6)

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

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away; it was very large. On entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'” (Mark 16: 1-7)

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, 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’.” (Mat.27:62-66), 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)!

This day may be considered the calm before the day of mankind’s greatest celebration. Although it is not yet a time of jubilation (as Christ is still in the tomb), but neither is it a time of sorrow. It is rather a day of great anticipation for the feast of all feasts tomorrow.

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! Amen.

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