Holy Saturday/Last Day of Lent
As we reflect upon the body of Jesus closed up in his tomb, lead us to ask ourselves how we have tried to put him away, about how we have tried to close him off from our lives.
Have we put him away out of respect, thinking that he is too holy for us to bear and that his ways are too challenging for us to face?
Have we put him away out of fear, afraid of what he might see and of what he might say if he gains access to every corner of our lives?
Have we put him away out of despair, figuring that there is nothing he or anyone else can do about the state of the world or of our lives?
Have we put him away out of disbelief, figuring that he is not who they say he is and that he has no real relevance to our lives?
O God, give us courage today to face the ways that we try to keep Jesus safely closed away; show us that our efforts to keep him in his tomb serve only to keep us in ours.
Even though we, unlike those who put him in his tomb all those years ago, know what is coming tomorrow, prepare us to be surprised and even shocked, to be amazed and even overwhelmed …