April 15: Holy Saturday

Day 40

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On Saturday, Jesus is in the tomb and, what are they thinking about? They're thinking about, "OK, well he said this," or, "he said that. And when he said this, did he mean that? Or did he mean this other thing? Or was he speaking literally or metaphorically, or . . ." They're trying to make sense of things, right? On Saturday, they're trying to make sense of things.

And then of course, on Sunday Jesus rises from the dead. And starts appearing to people. And if, if you were disoriented on Friday, and you were trying to make sense of stuff on Saturday, and then all of a sudden Jesus shows up, risen from the dead, in one sense you're disoriented again. In another sense, you're happy to seem him and you're filled with an incredible joy and you realize, "Wow! It really is true. I didn't place my hope in the wrong person. I didn't place my faith in the wrong person or thing."

And so over these four days the disciples experience just incredible shifts and swings and emotion. And incredible experiences. And so by placing ourselves there, I think we experience it differently than just reading it on the page.

So get out there and experience it. God bess you. It's been fabulous being with you. And remember, Be Bold. Be Catholic.

“God created us for lasting happiness in a changing world and eternal happiness with him in heaven. The happiness he wants for us in this life is a rare kind of happiness that is not dependent on situations or circumstances.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

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Holy Saturday’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:1–10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


Jesus, help me celebrate your resurrection with joy this Easter, and help me carry that joy with me always. Let it inspire me to choose the happiness you created me for, and to never stop striving to be all that you created me to be.
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Maggie Marsh. Maggie is our executive assistant to Matthew Kelly, coming to us from Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Maggie recently started drinking coffee, enjoys boating and sand volleyball, and once swam with dolphins in the Bahamas.

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