Holy Saturday is a strange day, what one commentator called the quietest day of the Christian year. For Holy Saturday, having finished our look at the Suffering Servant Songs in Isaiah, we turn to the book of Job for our reflections. We hear from William Danaher, Jr., Associate Professor of Moral Theology & Christian Ethics at General Theological Seminary, New York, NY. These words, again, in “Feasting on the Word; Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary” Year B, volume 2, eds. Bartlett and Brown Taylor, Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
Quoting Gregory of Nyssa, Danaher notes “on this day the only-begotten God truly rested from all his works, keeping Sabbath in the flesh by means of his death.” That puts a new spin on Sabbath as a ‘day off’ doesn’t it!
The book of Job is a classic in faith and literature dealing with the experience and meaning of suffering. Here is Danaher’s connection between Job & Jesus.
“… the only true friend of Job is Jesus Christ, who also suffered innocently. As Jurgen Moltmann has argued, Job makes clear that “the person who is torn my suffering stands alone,” … (we) must be able to live with innocent suffering as an open question that cannot be answered, even in light of the resurrection. Indeed the only resolution possible comes in the form of another question: “Does Job have any real theological friend except the crucified Jesus on Golgotha?”
The Moltmann reference is to Moltmann’s “The Trinity and the Kingdom; The Doctrine of God.”
On this quietest day, many of us are busy getting ready for tomorrow. Maybe we can pause just for a minute and reflect on what a friend we have in Jesus. Hmm, that’s a catchy phrase!
May your Easter celebration tomorrow be a reaping of your prayer and preparation during the past Lent and Holy Week.