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Joyus Saturday

“The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Romans 8: 34, 35 MSG

Holy Saturday is a quiet day. It is a pregnant pause.  Like the worms working the soil beneath our feet, Christ is working under the surface. Our creeds profess that Christ is witnessing to those in the depths of hell. The orthodox church describes it as Joyus Saturday when God caused hell to take a Sabbath and everyone was liberated, brought into rest in Paradise amidst Jesus’ presence. Then at the end of Joyus Saturday there is a Paschal Vigil when everyone is in the sanctuary and the lights are extinguished, they all pray silently, they worship as people within the tomb with Jesus, until someone from outside knocks on the door. Knock, knock, Knock. The people within begin to chant, to anticipate that resurrection moment…
 
Today, take time to notice what silent things lie under your surface. Consider setting a timer or alarm on you phone for 4 or 5 times today.  When the alarm strikes, ask what you notice about your participation in God’s love. Is God’s love obvious or hidden? Do you feel Jesus’ presence or absence? Take time to be silent. Listen for the knock…
 
Simply listening can be enough.