Holy Saturday – 11-4-2020

Greetings to you all,
This day increases the strangeness in which we are currently living.
An ‘empty’ day – the stone has closed the tomb.
Our feelings of isolation, grief and being lost are held in this day of anticipation.
Of all the emotions we have at this time, anticipation is an underpining to our hope.
We know how the story continues, but imagine the characters surrounding the crucifiction and death of Jesus.
His mother, Blessed Mary and the disciple He loved, John, both depicted on the crossing in our church of St Michael’s ‘.
The powerful story unfolding pauses in the garden of burial, the watching faithful with Pilates soldiers.
The battered body of Our Lord has been prepared and wrapped in cloth by Jospeh of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
However we imagine that scene, we watch and wait too, trying to make sense of the swirling emotions of what has happened.
In this time then as we all as a nation and world wait for the unfolding of the pandemic which aflicts us.We wait too – and to slightly misquote from the first letter of Peter 4. 7. – The end is near, therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.
Psalm 46. 10 – Be still and know…..
As we pause then and are still, allow me to share this image of a painting I have in my study – I believe the artist is local and it is entitled ‘In His shadow’
See the shadows of the three crosses and note the mix of characters.
May the crucified Lord bear our sins as we await his gloriuos Resurrection.
We wait……….
Jem