We Wait In Stillness
We hold in the stillness of our breath and we wait.
It’s the Sabbath, Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter.
Mary, Mother of Jesus
The day of the crucifixion of Jesus took place on a Friday. The Sabbath would begin at sundown. On this weekly day of worship in the Jewish faith, they were forbidden to work from sundown of Friday, the beginning of Sabbath, until nightfall on Saturday, the end of Sabbath. Therefore, they wanted to procure the body of Jesus and place it in a tomb before the Sabbath started.
One of the symbols of Holy Saturday is the Pietà, a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of her son.
When they took Jesus down from the cross, Mary, the mother of Jesus, held his broken body with love pouring forth from her heart. In spite of her decimating sorrow, Mary did not turn away. She tenderly held the precious son she had birthed into this physical world.
Could Mary know what was to come? She could only hold steady in her faith and love, and wait.
Frankincense And Myrrh
They prepared his body for the tomb. The body was likely anointed with embalming oils – myrrh, to protect from decay and frankincense for fragrance. The same precious oils brought to the Jesus child by the Three Wise Men, foreshadowing this event.
Disciples Wait In Sorrow
As for the disciples of Jesus, they were in hiding. They were stunned, their teacher was dead. How could this be? Wasn’t he going to free them from Roman rule? What about all his teachings and healings? What would become of that?
How could they know they were waiting for a Resurrection?
Swallowed by sorrow and despair at the loss of their teacher, their beloved rabonni, especially under such harsh circumstances, they wept. Bitter tears washed through their souls.
Fear and anxiety also swept over them. Would the authorities arrest and kill them, too?
But. for this moment, Holy Saturday, there was nothing to be done outwardly. It was the Sabbath, a day of rest, work was not allowed.
We Wait With Hearts Aflame
Whether we are religious or not, whether we’re Christian or not, we can participate in the symbolism of Holy Saturday. We build upon our awareness of process.
Jesus didn’t jump down from the cross, already resurrected, despite being mocked to do so as he was dying. It was a process that took physical time. Who knows how much inner time was required?
We live in a process in our every day lives. We walk through cycles of birth and death. Loved ones are with us, and then leave us. Seasons come and go, cycles begin and end. Within them all is a process of Holy Saturday, of holding and waiting.
With use of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®), we can direct to these cycles, the moments when it seems like nothing is happening because we can’t see anything. Yet, look deep within. Take an active participation and hold steady with the light in your meditations. Bring your awareness to a cycle as you move through your TRT® hands-on positions.
We hold, but we’re not passively holding. Our hearts flutter in anticipation. We have the knowledge that a Resurrection is coming.
We wait for the flame to be lit.
We wait for the sun to rise.
We wait for the moment we will walk free into the light.
We wait through Holy Saturday.