“After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” ( John 19:38-42)
Last year, that is in 2014, I did not post anything on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday because it was a “limbo day”; a day when Jesus’ disciples wondered what would happen. It was the Jewish Sabbath also, so no work was to be done. It made sense at the time. But in the Revised Common Lectionary for this day in Holy Week there are scripture passages assigned for this day, and so I am posting something. But other than saying that there are scripture passages, there is not much else to say. The other passages are an alternate Gospel Passage – Matthew 27:57-66 . . . . two Old Testament Passages – Job 14:1-14 and/or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 . . . . a Psalm Passage 31:1-4, 15-16 . . . and a Epistles Passage – 1 Peter 4:1-8.
This is often the way it is in our world; for some one day can mean very little, have no significance. For others one day can be the most pivotal day in their lives. One person or group may have no idea at all what any given day means to another. That is how I have felt about the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. On Friday all hopes were dashed. On Sunday all hopes were reborn. In between?
May you beloved pass this day thinking of the past, but looking towards the future. Selah!