Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 26, A.D. 2005
1 Peter 4:1-8
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
A Soliloquy for Holy Saturday:
From Good Friday afternoon until the early hours of dawn on Sunday, the mood
of the apostles had to be one of near despair. To them, it was the end of
everything. They had locked themselves into the upper room, where just the
day before Jesus had spoken such words of love to them. Hopeless and fearful
of the authorities, they were convinced that their future lay in shambles.
Shamed at their own cowardice at abandoning the Master in his hour of need,
they hardly dared look at one another.
And Mary---this sorrowful Mother of Jesus--sat quietly in the shadows, her
heart broken and inconsolable. When did she slip out of that upper room, or
perhaps, find her way to the tomb to mourn? Soon, Jesus would make His first
appearance to Mary--but not yet.
And ourselves? This Holy Saturday is a day of quiet anticipation, of
struggling to absorb all that happened in the last 48 hours. What a horrible
crime covers the earth with His blood, a blasphemy beyond category, to
assassinate the Son of God, How fortunate that Jesus from the Cross cried to
the Creator, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Even as
His Precious Blood flows down on the skull of Adam, and all the children of
Eve, it converts from condemnation to redemption, from curse to blessing.
What response can we make as we reflect in awe? Heartfelt thanksgiving and
praise. Along with all those in the Hell of the Just, including His dear
foster-father, St. Joseph, we, the future children of the Promise, are
released from eternal banishment, freed for heaven and Eternal Life. As we
anticipate your Rising, O Jesus, the Christ, we stir in our hearts all the
love we can muster:
"We adore You, O Christ,
and we praise You!
Because by Your holy cross,
You have redeemed the world!
- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)
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