Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, Holy Saturday, April 4, by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Tom Cordaro. The reflection is from Embracing Possibilities: Reflections for Lent 2014, published by Pax Christi USA. 


All previous Lenten reflections and other resources can be found at this link, Lent 2015, on the website.  




By Tom Cordaro


Readings for the Easter Vigil


If we have died in Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. (Rom 6:8)


Sunlight in water

The readings for the Easter Vigil start with the creation story and the fall of humanity and follow the history of redemption through the exodus, culminating in the resurrection of Jesus. During the Easter Vigil, new members are also sacramentally initiated into the Catholic Church. The reading from Romans makes the connection between baptism, death, and resurrection: those baptized in Christ are baptized into his death-not just any kind of death, but death on a cross. The cross represents life freely offered for the sake of others. It is the laying down of all power, privilege, and entitlements out of love for others-even the enemy.


For the newly baptized and for those renewing their baptismal vows, the "old self was crucified with him . . . that we might no longer be in slavery to sin" (Romans 6:6). The way of the gun has lost its appeal and power over us. We no longer believe that the gun can save us or make us powerful and respected....


To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

P.S. To see more resources for Lent, visit us at http://paxchristiusa.org/programs/lent-2015/.