The Empty Tomb
The empty tabernacle on Good Friday and Holy Saturday is terrifying. For a period of time, Jesus is not physically present on earth. In a very similar way, we get to feel what Jesus’ followers felt in the Gospel—the absence of God. Yet, unlike them, we know that the tabernacle will be filled again on Easter Sunday. We know that Jesus conquered death and rose from the grave, so we aren’t worried that He won’t be there when we show up to Mass on Easter and every single day until the next Good Friday. We aren’t as good at remembering this truth in other areas of our lives though.
When times get rough, we feel like God is absent. Maybe we’ve suffered through the death of a loved one, a breakup, the loss of a job, or an unfulfilled dream. When things don’t go our way, we often wonder where God is. Many people lose their faith in times like these, but we need to remember that we are an Easter people. Our God has not and will not abandon us. The tomb was found empty. The tabernacle will be filled again. And God is still very much in our midst.