Saturday, April 03, 2010

A Day Without Jesus

The first Sabbath day following the crucifixion of Jesus must found His disciples in shock, going through the initial stages of grief. From the Gospel record, they were not exactly sitting by the tomb awaiting His Resurrection, I think they were still not expecting that. To them, it was their first full day without Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine such a state, but today calls us to do so.

A note at the LobsterPot directed my attention to Fr. Stephen's piece, The Sound of Silence. It is a worthwhile read today as we think about the loss of the living Word that the disciples experienced. I quote from the piece:
St. Ignatius of Antioch said, “He who possesses in truth the word of Jesus can hear even its silence...”

"In a strange way we live in a world that is hungry for silence – not for the empty silence that grinds everything beneath it. We hunger for a silence that is capable of bearing the fullness of the Word – a silence that is filled with the praise and joy of God."

Thanks Fr. Stephen.


  1. I assume this is Fr. Stephen Freeman of St. Anne's Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, TN. He is an exceptional minister.