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On Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday In the seminary, we students were encouraged to draw the curtains in our rooms on Holy Saturday. This was to remind us that Christ was in his dark grave, in the underworld, to give us a sense of solidarity with him and to indicate, in some small way, the significance and solemnity […]

The Lord’s Descent into the Underworld

The Second Reading, Office of Readings for Holy Saturday, from an ancient homily Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh […]

The Easter Triduum

Triduum means three days of prayer. What binds together the three days of the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — is that all of them are Easter. Each, in their way, celebrates Christ’s dying and rising from the dead. The liturgy does not, in fact, separate Our Lord’s death […]

Friday 30 September

St Jerome Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5, Ps 139, Luke 10:13-16 Psalm 113:7 We end the month at the beginning. Every disciple is just a man or woman with no claim on God. Job’s silence in front of the majesty of God shows the poverty of the disciple. Prayer begins and ends with the disciple sitting […]

Monday 19 September

Proverbs 3:27-34, Ps 15, Luke 8:16-18 The beloved disciple The Christ of Holy Saturday descends into the disciple’s life and makes of it a seamless garment (John 19:23). The disciple’s psychology, sexuality, and body are re-woven. As the perfect love drives out all fear (1 John 4:18) the disciple becomes centered. The disciple comes to […]

Saturday 17 September

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49, Ps 56, Luke 8:4-15 Depth The disciple is a person of depth. The Christ of Holy Saturday descends into the depths of the disciple. Christ descends into the psychology, sexuality, and bodily life of the soul. The disciple often resists, desiring the Word to rest in shallow ground. Yet Christ has […]

Sunday 11 September

24th Week in Ordinary Time Social Justice Week Exodus 32:7-11,13-14, Ps 51, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-32 Holy Saturday discipleship In these parables the accent is not on being lost but on being found. Christ on Holy Saturday goes to the depths of creation; there is no place where he is not. The disciple learns […]