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Holy Saturday

April 15, 2006

Blessed Holy Saturday!

The veil of the temple has been torn in two. We unveil the crucifix. “Behold the Man” (John 19:5).

The grain of wheat has died. “I solemnly assure you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (John 12:24) We go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown (see Psalm 126:5). The Body of Christ is buried in the earth, His soul buried in the depths of the abode of the dead.

“This is how it is with the reign of God. A man scatters seed on the ground. He goes to bed and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens.” (Mark 4:26-27). We go to bed. We get up. We patiently await the precious yield of the soil (see James 5:7). Marvelous things happen underground, especially at this time of year. “They shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves” (Psalm 126:6).

May this time of quiet mourning make our hearts fertile soil for a rich harvest of faith.

Easter Vigil Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2:2 (Creation)
Psalm 104:1-24 “Lord, send out your Spirit. and renew the face of the earth”
or Psalm 33:4-22 “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
Genesis 22:1-18 (Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac)
Psalm16:5-11 “Keep me safe O God; you are my hope”
Exodus 14:15-15:1 (the parting of the Red Sea)
Exodus 15:1-17 “Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory”
Isaiah 54:5-14 (God, our Bridegroom, will take us back, and love us)
Psalm 30:1-13 “I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me”
Isaiah 55:1-11 (God offers us food and water without cost from His abundance)
Isaiah 12:2-3 “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation”
Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4 (we are in need because we have forsaken God, the Source of everything)
Psalm 19:8-11 “Lord, you have the words of everlasting life”
Ezekiel 36:16-28 (God will forgive and renew us for His own sake)
Psalm 42:2-43:4 “Like a deer that long for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God”
or Psalm 51:12-19 “Create a clean heart in me, O God”
Romans 6:3-11 (because we have been baptized into Jesus’ death, death has no more power over us)
Psalm 118:1-23 “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
+Matthew 28:1-10 (the two Marys meet an angel, then the risen Lord)

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