Holy Saturday, at the Easter Virgin in the Holy Night of Easter

(Mt 28, 1-10)

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”


At dawn during the first day of the week, two women cautiously made their way towards the tomb of Jesus. Their previous night must have been spent in anxious preparations for what they have to do that day. Fear, deep sadness for the loss of their Master and worry that His body will not know the proper Jewish burial mingled with their tired bodies. Only their deep love for their Master kept them going. How many of us are capable of such loving concern even if the beloved is already gone from us? These women who hardly figured in the narrative of Jesus’ life exhibited extraordinary valor that only a loving heart could do. And so, they come fearful and trembling to pay homage to their Master’s dead body for the last time. They left still fearful and trembling at the impact of what they saw that blessed Sunday when the empty tomb was not a symbol of their empty future ahead, but of a life transformed that they can only dream of.

Fr. Paulson V.Veliyannoor, CMF.


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