Holy Saturday is a day of stillness and solitude. The songs of the joyous entry into Jerusalem are long forgotten. The actions at the Passover are but shadows. The horrific scenes of Golgotha are burned in our memory. Jesus has been removed from the cross and laid in the tomb. The world sits in stillness and solitude.
Can you imagine what was going on among Jesus’ followers on this day? Are we next? Are the solders coming for us? Was Jesus for real? Did his being among us make any difference? What good are all Jesus’ actions and his teachings now that he is gone? What are we to do? What will become of us? What does all of this mean?
Even though we know how this story ends, it still stops us in our tracks to think that for a time, thousands of years ago, the world waited with bated breath. The world groaned to know, once again, the presence of the Light of the World. It is good for us to take today and remember the price that Jesus paid.
We know that the joy of Easter is only hours away, but for these hours of Holy Saturday we are left to contemplate Jesus in the tomb. We are left in stillness and solitude.
“Holy Saturday is the darkest day. There in the ground His body lay. The Light of the
World was by darkness slain. Feel it now, for tomorrow will be sweeter.” —Unknown
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009 and on July 11, 2012, she made her Perpetual Profession. Her first ministry was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is the Mission Integration Manager of the Benedictine Health System. See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.