Holy Saturday 2017
“For God alone my soul awaits incitements, for my hope is from him.”
Holy Saturday is the day of God’s silence.
It must be a day of silence,
and we must do everything possible
so that for us it may truly be a day of silence,
as it was in that time –
the day of silence of God.
Laid in the sepulcher,
Jesus shares with all humanity
in the tragedy of death.
It is a silence which speaks and expresses love
as solidarity with those who have always been neglected,
whom the Son of God reaches, filling the emptiness
that only the infinite mercy of God the Father can fill.
God is silent, but out of love.
On this day, love – that silent love –
becomes the expectation of life in the resurrection.
Let us also think about the silence of Mary, “the believer,”
who awaited the resurrection in silence.
She will be, for us, the icon of Holy Saturday.
Think hard about how she lived that Holy Saturday – in expectation.
It is love that has no doubt,
but which hopes in the word of the Lord,
that it may be made manifest and resplendent
on the date of Easter.
How has my Latin silence prepared me to hope
in the power of the resurrection?
Lent – A Time of Grace
Daily Lenten Reflection by Pope Francis
published by All Saints Press
St. Louis, Missouri