Today is sometimes known as Holy Saturday, a somber day of reflection upon what the sacrificial death of Jesus the Christ really means, both for the world and for us personally. This is not a time of merriment, but of sober reflection and repentance. Yet we also know that this is not the end, that after the darkness of the moment comes the light.
This morning's reading, from the Old Testament, is from the Book of the Judges, chapters 20 and 21.
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
We see this phrase throughout Judges, it reminds us of the human propensity to do evil. We see it around us every day, if we have eyes to see.
The evening reading, from the New Testament, is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 11, verses 1 through 28. Like always, there is a lot here. Today my attention is particularly on the first
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
We sometimes refer to this as the Lord's Prayer. It's a good pattern for our own.