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Posted on 03/30/2013 10:29:55 AM PDT by Steelfish
MARCH 30, 2013 The King Is Sleeping On this day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection the whole earth keeps silence. By George Weigel
(snip) On the morning of Holy Saturday, however, the Church of the first millennium kept station not at a particular basilica made holy by the relics of martyrs and the prayers of those who have venerated them, but in her religious imagination. There was no Mass during the day, as there was no Mass on Good Friday. (snip) The second selection for Holy Saturday in the Office of Readings is taken from an ancient Greek homily for Holy Saturday; its author is unknown to history. That anonymous preacher also remarks on the silence of this day that is in-between: There is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. Stunned by the epic drama that took place yesterday, when the curtain of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, and earth shook and the rocks were split (Matthew 27:51), nature itself is quiet: The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh.
Yet the King, while asleep in the tomb, is not inactive. Rather, as our unknown Greek homilist puts it, he has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. As centuries of Christian iconography, following the Apostles Creed, have depicted the scene, Jesus at his death descended into the land of the dead. But as the Catechism of the Catholic Church writes, he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the good news to the spirits imprisoned there. Todays ancient homilist, exercising the Churchs religious imagination, suggests the message he brought:
Thanks so much for posting this. I was just reflecting on the fact that while Jesus was sleeping, he was also working. Preaching the gospel to those who were dead. (1 Peter 4:6).
So, once again, Jesus works on the Sabbath.
And in many states you can’t buy a six pack on Sundays...