Saturday of Holy Week is my favorite day of the Lenten/Easter cycle. Really. A friend and colleague posted this picture on Facebook this morning that captures it best for me —
We live on Saturday! We are caught between the work of God done in Jesus Christ on the Cross and the full realization of that work for all of creation. Yes, Christ is risen (we’ll get there tomorrow) but in our world God’s triumph has not spread to every person and corner. Death has been defeated… but the power of death reigns.
For me what grabs my heart is that God was at work when all seemed lost. God was waiting for Sunday – for the day of Jesus’ unveiling in his risen glory. Saturday was not yet time. And so we live on Saturday but with, I hope, a deeper sense of God being at work despite appearances. A stronger faith that God’s triumph is imminent but not arrived.
Saturday is a good day if we let it be.