Holy Saturday, “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness”

Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 16:13-17;
John 6:66-69

“Awake, My Heart, with Gladness”

It was surely the bleakest day of the disciples’ lives. They have finally concluded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15); and “You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:69). But now it has all come to nothing. Jesus is dead. They huddle together, not only in depression but in fear, because the authorities might now come after them.

Some of us will attend a vigil service tonight. “Vigil” means “watching and waiting.” On that first Saturday the disciples were despondent, because their hopes were dashed. We “wait” because we know that on that first Easter Sunday, Jesus lived again and the forces of death were defeated—also for us.

We know we can say with the hymnist, “Awake, my heart, with gladness” because “after gloom and sadness comes forth the glorious sun.”

Lord, help us realize that whatever gloom and sadness is in our lives, that Jesus brings us true and eternal life. Amen.

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