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Through the darkness of Holy Saturday, we wait

Through the darkness of Holy Saturday, we wait

Cafe contributor Fr. Andrew Gerns offers this wisdom on Holy Saturday:

Holy Saturday is a day of absence, emptiness and numbness. If you have ever felt this way, this day is for you.

The thing about Holy Saturday that is special is that it is the last day of the Old Creation. It’s just that we don’t know that yet. Just as we won’t know that we have passed through the darkest moments of our grief until we suddenly find ourselves feeling again. We won’t know until we look backwards.

And here is the dreadful and true part of Holy Saturday. There is nothing we can do about it. All we can do is what I’ve said: slog through, go through the motions. We steer into the wave and hope that our boat is not swamped as it crashes over our heads.

But the feast tells us that as we wait, as we slog through our fear and emptiness, Easter is coming. The disciples did not know that yet. We never know when we are in it. But Easter is coming.

Read his full reflection here.


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