Imagine the silence inside the holy sepulcher on Holy Saturday.
Picture the strange silence and stillness of the day when Jesus “died in the flesh.” Jesus the Christ descended into the abode of the dead. An ancient homily captures the pervading silence that surrounded Christ’s sacred body on that day before Easter. It reads, “Something strange is happening- there is a great silence on earth today… He (Jesus) has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve… At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ Christ answered him: ‘And with your spirit.’ He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’”
It speaks about God’s act of restoring man from what sin has destroyed.
Easter reminds us that God constantly renews us.
When Adam cried out to all the dead, “My Lord be with you all.” Jesus answered him: “And with your spirit.” These very words of Jesus meant healing to man’s broken “spirit.”Saint Catherine of Siena in her prayer said: “And you, O Jesus Christ, our redeemer…you punished our iniquity and Adam’s disobedience in your own body, being obedient even unto your infamous death on the cross.”
The Lord chastised our sinfulness in his own body. A passage in the homily describes Jesus talking to man: “Rise, let us leave this place (the dwelling of the dead), for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated… On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back…The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.”
By Christ’s death and resurrection, God restores our whole being to its original state. May every hour of Easter be an hour of hope and mercy. Happy Easter.