Grace to you!
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.
Unfortunately, for most churches this year, the Coronavirus has forced us into isolation. Yet, the isolation inspires in a pious heart, a deeper introspection and desire to look forward to the redemption in Christ and the miracle of grace.
Ordinarily, a day like this, 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. A few may be in their study, trying to prepare two sermons; one for the Easter Vigil and the other for Easter Morning. All these are anticipatory.
It's anticipation for the big news, in fact, the most critical event 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. It is the victory of life over death, of hope over despair, of humanity redeemed in Christ. It is also 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. Thus, we sing the victory song, the song of exultation known as the Easter Proclamation, which is called in Latin Exultet (Rejoice).
We rejoice because Christ, the light of the world, has conquered darkness and death forever. We celebrate because the gloomy past has been bundled and tossed into the abyss of no-return. The Lord, the Prince of Peace, the Prince of Hope, the Everlasting Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ has done this. He has won for us.
We rejoice because evil will never have the final say. The 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 not merely anticipatory. It is indeed, a realization of the dreams of humanity born again in Christ, in the Resurrection. We are children of the Resurrection.
As people of faith, and I believe this firmly, we approach the COVID-19 pandemic with renewed zeal to overcome. I believe in the triumph of the Lord over nature and human-made disasters. I believe that in the end, God wins, and so do God's children. COVID-19 will never ruin my life and Easter. May it not ruin yours either. I am with you in prayerful commitments.
Rejoice! Be Glad! Happy Easter!
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.