The Very Reverend Todd Donatelli

Holy Saturday: Sitting with Death

Posted By on April 15, 2017

John 19:38-42

Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

What does it take to sit faithfully with death? What does it take to sit faithfully with the loss of our hopes? How is it that faithfulness in death is a path to life? What does it take to trust that?

Blessed Holy Saturday,
The Very Reverend Todd M. Donatelli, Dean of the Cathedral