HOLY SATURDAY
Saturday, April 15
Dr. Christa Bucklin
Professor of Spanish

 

The Darkness Before the Dawn

 

“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formed wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss.” - Genesis 1: 1-2

 

When Jesus had surrendered to death and was laid in the tomb, darkness again covered the earth. Christ, the Light of the World, had been extinguished and the disciples, mournful yet half-hopeful, waited in darkness. How often have we experienced the darkness in our own lives, waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel?  Darkness, as we know, can come in so many forms throughout our human journey:  doubt, sin, loneliness, disease, enmity, injustice, violence, death.  In our humanness, we can often feel overwhelmed by the crushing weight of the darkness and wonder how and when the dawn will break. We ask, what can shatter the darkness that troubles our hearts and minds and bring healing to division and suffering? What can rescue us from our fears and save us from despair? We pray and we wait… and while it is always darkest before the dawn, during the Easter Vigil the Church waits with us in anticipation of the answer. . .

 

Then, from out of the darkness:

Let there be Light!” The dawn breaks and the Church is illuminated!

Christ has risen and conquered death! 

 

“Let there be Light!” The darkness scatters and the Church rejoices!

Christ destroys divisions, disease and doubt! 

“Let there be Light!” Our hope is restored and the Church is alive!

Christ vanquishes our darkness and heals our wounds!

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”      

     -John 1:5

 

Jesus, our Salvation, thank You for conquering the darkness of sin and death. We humbly ask You to shine in our hearts and minds and dispel all darkness. You are the Light of the World! Amen.

 

Gn 1:1-2:2           Ps 104: 1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35        1 Pet 4:1-8         Mt 27:57-66 or Jn 19:38-42