The Vigil of Easter
Readings: Genesis 1:1—2:2; Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Jesus lies in his grave, he is among the dead. We call this day the Vigil of Easter but in an historical perspective, we find ourselves on the day of the Sabbath. Why did God choose this very day? Why does the Father let his Son rest in the grave on the day that he himself has blessed? If we concentrate on the blessing, we may discover more of the secrets of this day of non-activity.
Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a fertile field which Yahweh has blessed. May God give you dew from heaven, and the richness of the earth, abundance of grain and wine! Let peoples serve you and nations bow low before you! Be master of your brothers; let your mother’s other sons bow low before you! Accursed be whoever curses you and blessed be whoever blesses you! (Genesis 27,27-29)