Holy Saturday. Sabbath Saturday. It is the day after we hear Jesus lament, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the day when he lay in the tomb, in the darkness without any light – the tomb sealed with a hewn stone. This is the day when God is silent, but a day in which we know God has been, and always will be, with us in humanity.
On this Holy Saturday, our pain and anguish over loss is invited into a holy silence. This is a day where grief is given space to settle into our heart, a reflective sadness and controlled grief. This is a day between death and resurrection. Holy Saturday calls us to the tomb. We do not have to ask, “where is God?”
On this day, along with Mary, we sit with God; we wait with God; we remember. And as we remember, we begin to have hope…a hope that entails patience, waiting, and intense longing for God and God’s steadfast love. This is a covenant God, who holds onto a covenant people, embracing them in love. God’s divine mercy and compassion are limitless. We recall God’s great faithfulness in our hymn “Great is thy Faithfulness” as we sing, “morning by morning new mercies I see.” Each day is a new day – as we learn in our grief – to live one day at a time.
As a people of God, woven into the story of Israel, we can recall Israel in the desert: God providing manna each morning, enough for that day, with the faithful knowledge that God will provide the next day. The God that we have hope in, the God with steadfast love, the God of new mercies, morning by morning; the God with great faithfulness…this is the God we know, this is the God that loves us, this is the God on the hard wood of the cross, the God for whom my soul in silence waits (Psalm 62). Holy Saturday is a day of silence and stillness, waiting and wondering, remembering and hoping. Perhaps that is what faithfulness looks like on Holy Saturday. There is not much to do except be present to the reality of what is, to sit waiting at the tomb – waiting with God.
Appointed readings for today: Job 14:1-14, Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16, Matthew 27:57-66