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Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013

Today’s Reading | Romans 6:3–8

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (NRSV)


The promise of life eternal is one Christians have clung to for centuries. In times of tremendous oppression, suffering, and hardship, we place our hope in a future where justice prevails and the fullness of peace is complete and threatened no more. When I am wholly with Christ—at last with the one who gave his all for me—then I will be home, unceasing praise and joy in my cry of “Holy, holy, holy! Hosanna in the highest!”

Only one step left to take in this hopeful journey! Only one thing left to do before I am resurrected and rise to meet my Savior! What a day that will be when my burdens are let down and every tear wiped away.

Paul seems to say that my old self was crucified with Christ and is now gone. But how many times in my life have I had to turn and turn again, away from self-centered desires and schemes and toward my Lord? How often will I be made to endure a Holy Saturday with the grievous waiting that seems to never end? The pain of fear, loss, guilt, and doubt anchoring my spirit to a world which does not care?

Yet I cannot deny that as many times as I have been crushed under a heavy load, Christ has resurrected me. The new life I know in Christ is never without hope. Sacred death. Sacred waiting. Sacred life.

Holy, holy, holy! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!


Holy One, the day after a death brings new desolation. But the testimony of millions is that with the dawn comes new hope. Help me to know that hope in my own heart and to share it boldly and generously with others in need. Amen.

Written by Patty Jenkins, Director of the Center for Life and Learning

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