Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. Carl Jung
Meditation: On Black Saturday Jesus descended into the realm of darkness, the realm of the dead, which the Apostles’ Creed calls “hell” or “Sheol”. Some theologians distinguish “Sheol” from the “hell of the damned”. When I was a child, I thought Jesus was very courageous to enter any of those places that we cannot even mention with the unspeakable “h” word. God in the Hebrew Scriptures was known as completely separate from “Sheol”. In “Sheol” all the dead had to wait until one day the Messiah would come at the end of times to release them. Christians confess that Jesus was the one who after his own death already entered the realm of the dead. He visited “Sheol”. He went to where the God how we knew God before could have never gone. And since Jesus entered the darkness of “Sheol” himself, this realm of the dead has never again been separated from God. This is why we can believe that our loved ones who died won’t have to wait until the end of time, but have already been visited and have already been included in the realm of God’s Kingdom.
Prayer: God of darkness, today we experience the day after Good Friday similarly as we experience the darkness after the loss of a loved one. And some of us experience darkness also as being locked in depression or anguish, as the “dark night of the soul”. As we learn that You entered our deepest darkness, we dare to pray: “Come, and join those we love and who have died”. “Come and join us in our dark night, us, he living dead”. You know every darkness and every shadow of our human existence. Nothing is foreign to you. And because of that, we hope for Your light to find us. Because You did not shy away from our darkness, we find hope for tomorrow. Amen
Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us and to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79