The Resurrection

Holy Saturday

Luke 24: 1-12
Rom 6: 3-11 / Psa 118

“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 stone has been rolled, let’s celebrate!
Freed at last from sin and destruction,
Christ has risen for our redemption!

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. (Luke 24: 1-12)

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 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!

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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