In Touch – April 6, 2012
Posted on April 6, 2012 by under Touché,

Holy Saturday

“Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

My mom would have been 82 tomorrow, Holy Saturday.  It is the only day in what is known as the Easter Triduum which we do not have a worship service.  Last night, Maundy Thursday, I had the best seat in the house as I saw the faces of 15 children of the covenant who received communion for the first time.  Tonight the choir will lead us in a remembrance of the cross as we Journey with Jesus on the Via Delarosa.  Easter will begin at 6:30 AM when we will end at an open grave (the receiving vault will be open for the first time since I have been here.)  We will follow with breakfast and the celebration of joy at our Easter services at Gatherings, Foundations, Odyssey and Common Ground.

Tomorrow, however, we will be still and I will remember my mom.  I pulled out a sympathy card a few moments ago to send to Lorraine Nelson Wolf on the death of her mother.  It was one of my mom’s cards and I was surprised to see that my mom had started a card to someone with a paraphrase from Paul: “That is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are renewed every day.  For our present troubles won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us…”  She stopped there, but Paul continues, “an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!”

I don’t know why my mom did not finish the card, but I know that Holy Saturday is a reminder that the work of resurrection is not finished.  Jesus’ resurrection is the first fruit of those who died and we wait for the fullness of all that God intends when his kingdom has fully come.  In the meantime we live in the middle, knowing Good Friday and the cross is not the last word, but still looking for all the fullness of the Easter victory.  Therefore, my beloved, says Paul, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  (1 Corinthians 15:58)

In Easter Joy,