“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.” vs. 4
This has to be the strangest Lent that any of us have ever experienced! As the days have turned into weeks, and now months, our understandable fear of disease and death has led to ever-increasing isolation from the living. It’s almost as though we have buried ourselves to avoid dying! It’s a strange thought, but not too different from the message that Paul had for the Romans. He told them that they had been buried with Jesus in their baptisms so that one day that might have new life! Today, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter, could well be thought of as Jesus’ tomb day, a day of total isolation from the living. These days of pandemic have given us a taste of what that means. Our creeds tell us that Jesus spent his day of burial proclaiming good news to the dead, and perhaps that’s a sign for what we might be doing in our “physical distancing burial.” It’s a time for reaching out to all the other buried folks and offering sweet consolation and strong hope. We have the means to do that in marvelously inventive ways–it’s a great project for Holy Saturday. And tomorrow? Well, we’ll still be buried, but we do know that new life is coming, and it is going to be so sweet! It’ll be just like resurrection!
Thought for the Day: Who among my friends needs good news today?