Prepare for Easter

Holy Saturday

Luke 24:1-12
Rom 6:3-11 / Psa 118 / Eze 36

…Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen.
(Luke 24:5-6)

Morning has come, a New Life awaits,
Free at last from sin and destruction!
Easter is here, so let’s celebrate!
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 over to the hands of sinners, 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)


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, (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 therefore, appears to have no significance, as the last episode in Luke’s Gospel before the Resurrection was when Joseph of Arimathea took down the body of Jesus. They laid Him in a new tomb (Lk.23:50-56), and they all retired for the Sabbath. This day does not even 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 by attending 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. Perhaps this is the reason why this day is a “quiet day” – to give more impact to Easter Sunday tomorrow. Indeed, this day is already a part of Easter, because the day that Jesus Christ died was 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. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus is the foundation of our faith! (1Cor.15:14) Easter is the celebration of our hope in Eternal Life. It is the most joyful day of the year. So, today, let us prepare to celebrate tomorrow!

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

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