Holy Saturday, the still point – when time seems to have stopped moving, the hours are filled with a sense of bewilderment, the pain of loss crouching for an overwhelming leap. That must have been the condition of the disciples after Jesus died on the cross.
Light extinguished. Hope swallowed up by darkness.
To many who have been bereaved this will sound familiar. Horrifyingly so in its acuteness to the relatives of the Brussels terror victims.
We pray for them, and for all those in other places touched by terror and death.
We pray that the light and hope of tomorrow’s Easter may become real to them, as it would to the disciples.
The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it – it couldn’t at that first Easter, and it never again can.
After the still point: the joy of the Resurrection.