Read: Luke 23v50– 56

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 

Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Meditate: Holy Saturday is the moment when darkness has descended and there is nothing to make you think, ‘It will be all right.’ If you have lost someone you have loved or had some other great tragedy come into your life, then you’ve experienced a glimpse of how Jesus’ followers must have felt that day. They were in a state of shock, unable to move or speak or think. Or pray.

But one or two people knew something still had to be done. And in being faithful in this apparently small thing, they are being prepared to be faithful in a much, much larger thing, a much greater task. 

Our part is to be prayerfully faithful in the small things that we can see need doing. We cannot tell what God will do then.

Pray: Try to find some time today to be absolutely still. To imagine Mary and the disciples utterly drained and numb. Try to imagine what it must have meant to say, ‘Jesus is dead’

Engage: Spend the evening with people you love.