Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. (Luke 23:50-54)
Holy Saturday, the day of waiting, we are grieved by the events of Good Friday and await the joy of Easter Sunday. What do we do with ourselves today? This change in routine has made us all aware of what we do to keep ourselves busy or distracted every day. How do we fill our day? The restrictions mean we cannot do all the things that we want to do, but there are opportunities to be still and spend time with God.
Can you remember what you did this time last year? I remember the Saturday as the day in between the busy Holy week and Easter Sunday. It didn’t feel like a Holy day, I was too busy. Thinking about what I had to do for the Sunday. It is hard for us to wait in the grief and darkness of Good Friday. It is hard for us to wait for this pandemic to be over.
Joseph of Arimathea was waiting for the kingdom of God. His eyes were fixed on what God had promised. Easter is a time to celebrate God’s promises to us. To rediscover afresh God’s love for the whole world. Let us wait in hope, for the new day that is coming.
Prayer: God, you keep your promises and we wait for the new day. In this time of waiting reveal new things to us about yourself and ourselves so that we may grow closer to you.
Action: Joseph did what he could for Jesus. Give thanks for all the things you can do today. What can you do to serve and worship Jesus today?