On this “hinge day” in Holy Week — after Jesus is laid in the tomb on Good Friday and before the first fire of Easter is kindled for the Great Vigil — this teaching from Bishop Mary Glasspool offers a powerful reflection on what the “he descended into hell” part of the Creed has to say on this Holy Saturday about our mission as the Church the other 364 days of the year. Shared in gratitude and with her permission.
by Mary D. Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan – Diocese of Los Angeles
In the Gospel lesson appointed for this coming Sunday we read that Jesus asked the apostles to “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” The Gospel writer Mark adds, “For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat” (Mark 6:31). Jesus is not instructing his disciples to observe the Sabbath day, but rather to observe some sabbath time.