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Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
Genesis 1:1-2:2
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35
Genesis 22:1-18, Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11,
Exodus 14:15-15:1, Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6,
Isaiah 54:5-14, Psalm 30:2, 5-6,11-12,13
Isaiah 55:-1-11, Psalm 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4, Psalm 19:8,9,10,11
Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28, Psalm 42:3,5;43:34
Romans 6:3-11
Luke 24-1-12
These readings tell our story. They begin with the creation of the world,
the tempting of Abraham, to the great story of the Exodus through the
Red Sea. Some of the prophetic pieces include Isaiah's famous piece to
Come to the Water, another from the prophet Isaiah calls to be taught by
the Lord, and God will keep his covenant of peace. Baruch informs us that
there is no other than our God. Ezekiel calling us to change our stony
heart to living hearts filled with gentleness and compassion. Turning to
the New Testament, Paul tells us that we must be die and be born again
with Christ. Finally we hear Luke's telling of the empty tomb and the res-
urrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These are the stories we have longed to hear. These stories tell our story
where death has no power over us, for the patriarchs of old and the
prophets told us of one who would come and liberate us from evil, Where
we are no longer captive to sin, to death, to injustice. Rather our prince is
one of peace, who loves justice and rules with mercy and compassion. Our
messiah took on the role of a slave because of his great love. He makes
love to his people not only through the person of Jesus the Christ, but
also through the Spirit of God who is with us throughout time.