Holy Saturday is the day when we contemplate the mystery of the Sepulcher. After Our Lord suffered His Passion and Crucifixion on Good Friday, He died. The Son, God Himself, suffered death and was laid in a tomb. He descended into Hell to free us from bondage to sin and death. On Holy Saturday we are remembering the silence of the tomb.
Adam and Eve were the first to await the reconciliation of Our Lord’s sacrifice. The prophets foretold His coming. In the fullness of time He came, to bring us back into communion with Him, to restore what the Fall had broken.
Holy Saturday is a day to ponder on the gravity of what has taken place on Good Friday. The immensity of God’s love for us… His desire for us was so great He would sacrifice His beloved Son to bring us back to Him so we could come home to Him. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be” (Jn 14:2-3).
Jesus, the Light of the world, is hidden from us in the tomb. He is going to prepare a place for us with His Father. On Holy Saturday we remember what that cost and, at the same time, we live in faith the hopeful expectation of the Celebration of His power over death.
Monica Waters, Postulant.