Much is said about Easter Sunday, the most important day of the Christian calendar. Much is also said about Good Friday where Jesus was made to suffer grievously to complete his work on earth. Even Maundy Thursday where we commemorate the Last Supper is in the consciousness of many. But what of today – the oft-ignored Saturday sandwiched between Good Friday and Easter Sunday? The day that is quite ‘empty’ liturgically in that no masses or sacraments are celebrated till after dusk. It’s also a day where we rest and reflect on all that’s happened during the past week and allow some time for recollection and preparation for the great celebration of Easter. In the meantime, we wait.
Waiting and the associated virtue of patience are often ignored in the rush of our ordinary lives. We want things done quickly, buses to come in 5 minutes and to be served as soon as our order is taken. Any ‘empty’ time represents minutes wasted and has to be filled with activities or things that can stimulate our senses. Holy Saturday takes this need to ‘do’ and forces us to wait instead.
When we look at the need to wait from a different perspective, Holy Saturday makes even more sense. When we think of children waiting for Christmas morning to open presents from their loved ones and think of a bride and groom anxiously waiting in quiet anticipation to take their vows we realise that when we wait for something that we’re looking forward to, there’s a good amount of eagerness and expectancy that comes along too. It is this for this reason that I like Holy Saturday for what it is – a time spent waiting in anticipation for the coming of Easter.
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