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Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Stillness--and yet the Hope--of Holy Saturday

It is Holy Saturday.

Our churches are empty; there is no red sanctuary lamp telling us that Our Lord is there.

Because He is not.

He is dead, and buried; and we weep, but we weep with hope because we know He will rise again.

The Apostles did not know that; they thought all hope was gone, as Ven. Fulton Sheen writes in Life of Christ:
The very fact that the women brought spices proved that they did not expect a Resurrection. It seemed strange that such should have been the case after the many references by Our Lord to His death and His Resurrection. But evidently the disciples as well as the women, whenever He predicted His Passion, seemed to remember more His death than His Resurrection. It never occurred to them as a possible thing; it was foreign to their thoughts. When the stone was rolled to the door of the sepulcher, not only was Christ buried but also all of their hopes.
However, our hopes are not buried, because we know "that we have already won--only the news has not yet leaked out!" (Sheen, Our Grounds for Hope).

We have won.

Because He has risen.