The Secret of Silent Saturday

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Saturday of Holy Week carries within itself the awkward silence between the death of Good Friday and the life of Resurrection Sunday.  That is where we live our entire lives.  In the tension between life and death.  Knowing full well the realities of death in all its forms and shapes.  Anticipating new life to every now and then break through in the midst of death.  No words to describe the reality of sin, evil, and death.  No words to capture the new life that lies beyond human ability.  Just silence.  However, it is a silence of expectancy.  A silence that rest in the promise of a future.  A silence that anticipates God’s preferred future.  A silence of faith and hope that God’s love will prevail and emerge as new things coming from God’s future into the messiness of our lives.  Although, on this day, we stay in the secrecy of a Joseph of Arimathea, driven by the fear that comes with the tension between life and death, we know that in the story of Jesus’ burial there are already the secrets about to unlock the surprising good news of tomorrow morning (John 19:38-42).

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