Grace to you!
What is the greatest event in your life? What was the apex of all anticipation in your history? Was it awaiting the news of a new job, your dream job? Finding your soul mate and getting married? Receiving the gift of faith? Discovering a new vaccine for an incurable disease? Discovering a new product on high demand? Winning a lottery? What is it?
While you were waiting for the good, big news, how did you feel? Tensed, worried or anxious? Any joys, any hopes?
Holy Saturday is one of the quietest uneventful days in many churches, except for the busy running around of usual volunteers in churches. They decorate the church, set the Easter flowers, set up the Paschal candle, dotted with the marks and adorned pins of the Resurrection.
Those to be baptized and welcomed in the Church, called Catechumens, are anxious and busy. Some are ironing their clothes; some doing their hair, which of course, will be drenched with the baptismal water at the Easter Vigil.
The clergy are pacing around the church making sure things are well set—ready to go, except for a few who may be in their study trying to prepare two sermons for the Easter Vigil and the Easter Morning. All these are anticipatory.
It’s anticipation for the big news, in fact, the greatest news in human history. It’s the news that will change our life forever and bring about the purest victory of the human race and destiny—the victory of life over death, of hope over despair, of humanity redeemed in Christ, of the triumph of the cross over the curse of sin and death.
We are ushered into the Easter Vigil to be part of the rite of victory, granting us the right as victors, and to sing the victory song, the song of exultation known as the Easter Proclamation, what is called in Latin Exultet (Rejoice).
We rejoice because Christ, the light of the world, has conquered darkness and death forever. We rejoice because the gloomy past has been bundled and tossed into the abyss of no-return by the Prince of Peace, the Prince of Hope and the Everlasting Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We rejoice because evil will never have the final say anymore, but Good will continue to triumph, forever.
We rejoice because we are now part of the history of a people, the redeemed of the Lord.
Our expectation is no longer simply anticipatory; it is indeed, a realization of the dreams of humanity born again in Christ, in the resurrection. We are children of the resurrection.
Rejoice! Be Glad! Happy Easter!
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.