After all the trauma of the Holy Week journey it is good to have some time in the tomb, with the Christ. In a way, this is a link to the desert days at the start of Lent, but so so different. Then the Christ was searching for the answer, now, having found it, He can truly rest in God and for all eternity. For love is stronger than death, and in that unconditional gift of Himself, Jesus gives us life forever.
The silence of the tomb helps us not simply to see, but in seeing appreciate.
Thomas Merton summed up this time of darkness and peace:
“Make ready for the Christ, whose smile like lightening, sets free the song of everlasting glory that now sleeps — in your paper flesh”.
But we can’t stay in that tomb, though like the womb that shielded us from so much before we came so traumatically into the world, this re awakening is so much more gentle:
“I order you, O sleeper, to awake! I did not create you to be a prisoner in Hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you. Together we form only one person and we cannot be separated!
From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday Night.
Enjoy the peace of this tomb moment, and stride out into the World one with God!
Have a Holy and Happy Easter
Just a thought!