Holy Saturday
Malvern Minute


Holy Saturday

April 3, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


            Today is Holy Saturday, a day of silence, a day of waiting, and a day of trusting.  This is the day we remember how Christ trusted in the promise of God, His Father, following His will into death on the Cross, then into the grave.  We know we will celebrate His glorious Resurrection and the fulfillment of God’s promise tomorrow, but today we are still waiting, we are still lying in the tomb with Jesus.

            How important it is to trust in God, and where trusting Him can take us, if we simply dare to go.  We have nailed our sins to the Cross with our Lord, and now we have laid them in His tomb.  Yes, we do trust Him with our daily lives, but we must not forget to trust Him with our failures and sins as well.

            There were times during my faith journey that I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  I knew I needed to go, but it was a bit scary to tell my faults and failures “out loud” to a priest.  I would wonder what he would think of me.  I would feel embarrassed and find ways to justify why my sins were not as bad as I thought they were.  Why then even confess them?  I thought that I was a good person and a follower of Christ and His teachings, so how bad can I really be?  Well, after all, I was thirteen at the time.

            This denial of sin does contain an element of pride, but I believe it has far more to do with a lack of trust.  Somehow we feel deep down inside, that we are unforgivable.  That our faults and failings are so immense that we could never get to the bottom of them all, never mind know where to even start confessing them.  So we judge ourselves unworthy and hold our own selves away from the Sacrament of Forgiveness without stopping to think how Jesus might feel about all of this.

            Friends, our Lord Jesus died a horrible death on the cross to forgive ALL our sins, not just the ones we think are forgivable.  His mercy is far greater than we think it is, far beyond our understanding.  Because many people didn’t understand this, Jesus gave His message of mercy to Saint Faustina, along with a most beautiful and powerful prayer, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to help us draw closer to Him again.  In the year 2000 Saint Pope John Paul II established the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy in order that the whole church could celebrate and implore God’s mercy together.

            The Feast of Divine Mercy is a wonderful conclusion to the celebrations of Easter week.  May I recommend that you take some time today as you rest with Christ to reflect on how God’s mercy and forgiveness have touched your life?  Consider too in what areas of your life you need God’s love and grace.  Then, next week on Divine Mercy Sunday, go to your parish and celebrate this great Feast and participate with a joyful, thankful heart. 

Question of the Day:  Today, will you wait in prayer, quietly contemplating Jesus in the tomb and awaiting His glorious Resurrection?

Prayer:  Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins, we adore You.  Amen.


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