Today Jesus is dead. This is hard to embrace, for two reasons. One, we know from 2,000 years of Christian faith, that he comes back to life again—which we will honor tonight and celebrate tomorrow. And two, because we don’t want to accept Jesus’ death, much in the same way that we try and avoid the reality of our own.
The challenge for today, is to let go. And to clean out that which we think we need—all our A’s—accumulation, affirmation, achievement and approbation. To clean all that out and surrender to the grace of God. As the author of Hebrew writes, “…let us hold fast to our confession.... Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 14,16)
More than any other day of the year, Holy Saturday is the day when we are asked to trust God’s grace—which is God’s ongoing gift to us. Trusting God’s grace, even though we do not fully know what that will look or feel like, and acknowledging that God’s grace will not save us from death.
“My grace is sufficient for you,” Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Much of the time, we want more than that. We want assurances and evidence and proof. We don’t get it, especially not today. And the spiritual challenge for us is to have that be enough.
Because it is.
The readings for Holy Saturday are Psalm 95 (Invitory) & 88; Lamentations 3.37-58; Hebrews 4.1-16, and can be found at www.satucket.com/lectionary/2holywk.htm.