This year we are all looking for reasons to hope. Certainly, any bit of news that life might return to normalcy is a reason to hope while we are in the middle of a pandemic and remain isolated in our homes. Holy Saturday, however, invites us into the mystery of waiting, of not knowing, of uncertainty….all things that lead to anguish and anxiety and worry. On the first Holy Saturday, many were hiding, anxious, uncertain about what their lives would be like now that Jesus had died.
But… and this is a great big BUT… God was acting while the earth waited, already beginning to lead all to resurrection and light in the radiance of the glory of the resurrection. We offer this meditation based on an ancient homily on Holy Saturday found in the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. The first video is a reading of the homily. The second is a reflection in the light of the Exultet which is sung at the Easter Vigil in the evening.
Image by Domenico Beccafumi