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March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!