Saturday, April 07, 2012

Silent-Sober Saturday

Today is the last day of Lent. It is a busy week for the Christian Church worldwide. The Lent period of fasting, watching, praying, and remembering Jesus, this week is the culmination of all the Lenten preparations. Disciples remember Jesus' last Supper. Christians observe a quiet worship as they recall and read Scriptures on Good Friday. It is a sober occasion. What about Saturday?

In a world where activities and movements fill in the gaps of any empty slots, people may be wondering about Saturday. What is happening?


The gospel writers are largely silent. This is largely because Saturday is the Sabbath. I imagine the time after Jesus died. People went back to their homes. They returned to their former careers. They soaked up the usual routines of life. Nothing really happened.

Sometimes, silence makes the loudest noise. We need to be patient. We need to learn to wait. We need to live soberly, and quietly reflect on the deep deep love of Jesus.

Do not rush. There is no hush. If you really want to be doing something, pray. Read scripture. Maintain a casual atmosphere with friends and family. Take things easy. Go slow and steady. Be kind.

Then wait.


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