When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" ... Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. ... There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem. ... Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. - Mark 15:33-46
Holy Saturday is the lesser of our holy days. We don't do much on this day. Some of us host Easter vigils or prepare for our Easter Sunday meal, but other that that we don't spend too much time preparing for the resurrection. Think about it. We just spent 40 days in Lent, preparing for Jesus' death, and then we get one Holy Saturday to prepare for resurrection.
New life takes time. It took seven years in a long-term relationship for me to feel ready to have a child, nine months for me to carry my child to term, nine months to prepare my house and my mind for a baby and too many hours of labor and delivery.
New life takes time to process, prepare, ponder...
Recently, I've been learning about the Notorious RBG, the small, but fierce, infamous dissenter, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has spent the majority of her career advocating for women's rights and gender equality. Like a good organizer, she has charted a strategic course to end gender discrimination one case at a time, building on each successive victory.
At her Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 1993, she said, "Generally, change in our society is incremental. Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
Resurrection is a process. Resurrection is something we plan and prepare for. Resurrection is something we must create and build. Resurrection is something that happens one step at a time. Holy Saturday is the beginning of resurrection.
Ever loving God, most days we are living in a season of Holy Saturday. Our Messiah has died, and like Jesus, we feel like we've been forsaken, and we don't know what's next. Remind us that the resurrections happens one step at a time. Inspire us to join as co-creators in building the beloved community. Empower us to prepare for resurrection; not only for ourselves, but so that all may experience new life. Amen.