My friends, please pray for me. Please pray very hard. The recovery is going better every day. I have been blessed with so many wonderful people surrounding me. In particular I have been blessed in the form of a friend with whom I have recently become even closer (thanks to pages and pages of email correspondence). He is a remarkable man and I have promised my prayers for him as well so please join me in praying not only in thanksgiving but also for his intentions.
Today is Holy Saturday. This is a day of waiting. This is a day of reflection. It’s always reminded me of the day after a funeral. We just buried someone and now it’s time to try to begin the process of picking up the pieces and getting back to some semblance of normal. If you’ve ever lost someone close to you than you know what that day is like. If not, chances are that you will experience it in your lifetime. There’s no rush to get there. It’s not a contest to see who can grieve more. I was talking with Wilma during the week and we both said the exact same thing. I mentioned why I love Holy Week and the Easter Triduum in particular… “To me,” I said as she joined in, “It feels as if you’ve just lost your best friend!” Yesterday we commemorated the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Tomorrow we will celebrate His resurrection. This day in between has to exist because without it, things would move so quickly we wouldn’t have time to process His death. No, today is the day we simply wait. We wait and in that time of waiting, we could do no better than to keep watch and pray. Remember, He promised us He would rise again? It would have seemed like a magic trick if He had simple died and then jumped off the cross! He had to be in the tomb those three days (as Jonah had to be in the belly of the whale). It shows us that His death was real. And as we know, there can be no resurrection without death.
So pray today. Pray very hard today. If you’re stumped, pray the Psalms and then read through the Passion in the Gospels. Then, stop and remember that we have a God who loves us so much that “He sent His only begotten Son so that all who believe in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16).
God bless you and don’t forget to pray for me. Very special intention…