Read Matthew 27.57-66

                When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.  So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

                 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.”  Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”  So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.


From Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

                Holy Saturday is a mystery for us.  We know what is coming, yet are very, very aware of that which we entered into yesterday.  We are aware – very very aware – that in ways concrete and in ways not-so-concrete, we participate in crying crowds’ calls against our Lord.  We are not innocent bystanders in the sin that exists around us.  For some this day is lonely.  But this is a holy day, in which we find meaning in an honest and reflective day of reverence and devotion to Jesus. 

                 Is it not wonderful that we receive a word from Joseph of Arimathea?  He comes to the world and gives away his space, and places Jesus there instead.  It is a holy example; it is grace.  The participation of this one calls us perhaps to participate in like manner.  Can we give away our space (by this I might suggest our stuff that claims us in not so helpful ways) and make room for Jesus in its place?  Can we make a place for our Lord to dwell with us?  Might we be bold enough to let this one wipe away our loneliness, and can we receive this day as our sign of devotion to the Savior?

In the darkness of this day, O God, bring hope,
as we make new space in our lives for him who gives life.