By Fr. Steve Boland, MSC 

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday always seemed to be for me like the day after a funeral for someone that I loved. Life seemed empty, as the grief began to thoroughly take hold. At least when I was younger I had that type of thought.

It is still difficult to let go, but trust in God’s promise of life eventually gets mixed with the grief and provides an avenue of hope. This is what Holy Saturday is like for me now. It is a day of waiting for the new life that will come through the Resurrection of Christ. This waiting in hopefulness does not take away the pain of life, but it gives it new perspective. Without that perspective life is stripped of meaning. As Saint Paul once wrote, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:14,19-20).

The Apostles waited, unsure of what was going to happen next, but eventually their grief and fear were turned into joy and hope. So now Holy Saturday can be seen as a day of anticipation, a day of waiting in hope for what we are sure of in Christ – the new life of the Resurrection. The tombs of the disciples of Christ are now more than just memorials to past lives – they are holy places of hope because of Christ having made death with him into an opening to a life beyond our imagining. May this Holy Saturday be a day of vigil for Easter joy.

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