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Lenten reflection, Holy Saturday

Scripture readings: Various Old Testament readings and psalms; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10

Holy SaturdayIn the Liturgy of the Hours for today, we read from an ancient homily: “Something strange is happening; there is a great silence on earth today.” It is good that we keep silence today to reflect on the death of Jesus.

On this holy day, we cannot forget our baptism. We most often consider baptism as something we do for infants. However, Holy Saturday leads our community of faith to Easter Sunday, and Easter Sunday is about renewing the baptismal promises we made or that were made for us.

Promises need to be renewed, don’t they? We make all kinds of promises to one another as we go through life. Some are broken along the way. To sustain our promises, we need to keep the sacred silence of this day so we can, with all our enthusiasm, say “yes” to the sacred promises of baptism during our Easter liturgy.

Rev. Raymond Collins, C.Ss.R.