The good news for the day April 15, 2017
Towards the end of the Day of Prayer, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to visit the tomb. Suddenly, there occurred a great earthquake; a messenger of the Master came out of heaven, approached the stone, rolled it aside, and sat down on it. His appearance blinded like lightning; his clothing, white as snow. The guards were overwhelmed with fear of him and became like corpses. The angel then said to the women by way of a response, “Do not be so afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus the one crucified. He is not here; he has been raised—just as He said He would! Come over here and see the place where he lay. Then, go as fast as you can to tell his followers, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going in front of you to Galilee; where you will see him.’ Look, I have given you the message.” The women went away swiftly from the tomb, afraid—but happy; they ran to announce this message to his followers. Then—suddenly—Jesus Himself met them as they were going on their way and greeted them. They approached Him, fell at his feet and held onto them in honor. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, where they will see me. (Matthew 28)
Three human feelings run through Holy Saturday—Grief, Faith and Hope. Holy Saturday summarizes our whole lives—We lose what we love—sometimes a bad habit, but it may be a beloved wife, a forever-there grandma. Our days have that flavor of loss, of Grief. We leave failure & success behind. What is dead is gone.
But we have the Faith to get up and go on—to find courage in that faith to be alive without whatever part of life we have lost. Faith comes in friends and children—“it will be all right,” we are told. That is Faith.
With such Faith in the future, comes the Hope of Resurrection—that our fear and grief will yield to a better tomorrow. Every day, we hope! Jesus come into our lives with his New Life, New Hope, New Faith. Every day is Holy Saturday. Every tomorrow is Easter Sunday.