Today is Holy Saturday, a middle space after the death of Jesus, before the resurrection. It is a time of uncertainty, of emptiness, of grief.
We often find ourselves in middle spaces. In these places, it takes courage to have faith and hope, to feel injury and sorrow, to acknowledge trauma, to wait upon God.
Luke describes the approach of the Sabbath, of Holy Saturday, as generosity is extended by those who love Jesus.
Going to Pilate, Joseph asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. . .
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee, followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
On March 8, Professor Shelly Rambo led us in thinking deeply and well about the experience of trauma, moral injury and ministry with veterans and their families. We dare not run too quickly from Good Friday to Easter. The death of Jesus is completed in the darkness of Holy Saturday. Trauma, suffering, death are very real. Yet love is tenacious.
Today, we stay in the middle space between death and resurrection. We have given witness to the generosity of God for the 40 days of Lent. That generosity is sufficient even for this time, as we anticipate Easter love and light.