This week, the one Christians call “holy” is full of life’s hugest events: Jesus enters Jerusalem, Jesus institutes Communion and is betrayed, Jesus dies. Like you I will be marking those days and pondering the incredible God active in each of them. BUT, the day that always really provokes me is the quiet one: Saturday between Good Friday (death) and Easter (life).
Holy Saturday is a really strange day to me. Do you mourn Good Friday? Get a jump on celebrating Easter? Just sort of wait?
Years ago I discovered a book that helped me deal with the odd ways I feel that day. Between Cross and Resurrection (Alan E. Lewis) takes on the fact that we can’t help but be a Holy Saturday people. We know the sufferings of this world (See Good Friday, look at the news about Syria or any one of a seemingly endless number of places, look in your life). You can’t forget Good Friday. But we also live anticipating what we know is coming: Easter and New Life!
Lewis asks us to live as people who are in-between, people who are acutely aware of hurt but equally aware of joy to come. In that liminal space of remembering and anticipating, faith is born and with faith hope. Holy Saturday becomes not just a time to contemplate but a time to remember that we live in an in-between world.
Our job as the Church is to remind folks that while we know pain, joy is coming. Our job as the Church is to remind folks that while we know joy is coming, our work is to address today’s troubles. Our job as the Church is to speak life even while we know death. Our job is to live in this in-between time until the Lord raises again into the world as Jesus promised.
I pray for you as we live between the cross and resurrection.
Grace and peace,
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