Dead and Buried
|Photo by Michelle Griffiths|
Yesterday, with many others, I took part in a Good Friday procession, following the cross along a high street. In the place where we assembled on a warm sunny April morning, we found ourselves in a seed cloud. Countless tiny seeds carried on the air were falling on us and around us down to the ground. They appeared to be dandelion seeds - I can't be sure. I remembered what Jesus had said about another seed,
"...unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but it it dies, it bears much fruit." (John 12: 24 NRSV)For Christians, today, Holy Saturday, is a day to confront the reality of Jesus' death and burial, the grief and despair of his disciples. It's a day of waiting - like that dreadful time after a burial or cremation when you don't know what you are supposed to do next, or how you can live without the one you have lost. I blogged about this aspect of today in another post last year Emptiness and Sorrow.
As we remember Jesus in the tomb, we do this in hope as we wait for the great Easter celebration of the Resurrection. May this seed of hope take root in us on this day of waiting and produce that fruit which God wills.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and a new day!