So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.
Tomorrow is Easter. Tonight the Easter Bunny visits, dropping off baskets of candy and hiding eggs. What a really strange tradition.
Eggs are present in both Christian Easter celebrations and Jewish Seder meals. Why? Because they have always represented the hope of new life to come. An egg is something small and unassuming; lying on the ground or in a nest it is easily overlooked or even mistaken for a rock. Yet in that egg there is new life waiting to spring forth, to break out, and to live in an unrestricted way.
Today is Holy Saturday, the day where… nothing happened. The busyness of holy week crashed through the triumphal entry, to Jesus running the merchants out of the Temple, to the Last Supper, the betrayal at Gethsemane, the trial, the crucifixion, the death, the burial… and then the waiting, as nothing seemed to happen. But God was preparing…
Are you waiting for new life? Do God’s promises seem far away? Does it feel like nothing is happening?
Pray for peace. Pray for faith. Pray for all who are