Saturday, March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday's Silence after Good Friday's Painful Solitude

The Father is with me. John 16:32

"We have reflected on the solitude of Jesus: how He stood alone against the responsible leaders of His people, who did not understand Him, and even turned Him away, and took action against Him; how He stood alone among His people, who, it is true, cheered for Him for a short time, but afterward abandoned Him; how He stood alone even among His disciples, the closest to Him of all, who lived with Him, for these neither understood Him nor kept faith with Him, except for John. 

"And when we asked ourselves what He had to hold on to through all this, we ran across the profoundly interior sentence from the message of farewell: “And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” Jesus’ solitude becomes something frightful and incomprehensible if we do not understand it in connection with the presence of His Father." (Guardini, Romano (2014-09-22). Meditations on the Christ (Kindle Locations 711-718). Sophia Institute Press. Kindle Edition.)

I surely hope today grants time and space for all to be with Jesus, as death is swallowed up in His Death. How far we sometimes seem from that one essential, that better part, chosen by Martha and Lazarus' sister, Mary! May our out of the way place today prepare us for the inbreaking of His bright Dawn! 

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