But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.
Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As Christians, we spend today waiting. Jesus’ body was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday. Imagine the devastation felt by all of his followers, who must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher. They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant. The women who travelled with him had to wait until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.
Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends. We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope. We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
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