Saturday, April 23, 2011

Daily Office Reflection: Holy Saturday, Yr. One

Psalms 95 & 88 * 27; Job 19:21-27a; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11

The Incarnate One lies in a tomb today.
Some say, resting.
Others, dead.
Whichever, resting on this sad sabbath or dead,
he is gone.
Gone as they knew him.
Gone to save them
and us
and those in between
and those yet to come.

On this sad sabbath day,
one we fill with busyness.
Of church readying.
Of readying for family gatherings.
Of traveling.
Take some time
time to remember
the manger
the tomb
and all that went between.

Joy comes in the morning,
or so say the Psalms.
When darkness surrounds,
think on the change that is to come.
Tomorrow a new light enters the world.
Entered the world.
And changed us forever.

Collect for Saturday of Holy Week: O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Copyright 2011, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.
Art: The Last Station, jfd+, 2006

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