Today we wait.
Can you hear the cries of Martha?
Can you hear the soft sobs of the apostles?
Do your shoulders drop like Mary’s?
Today is the in-between day.
Our hearts know this day as well as the two days on either side.
Today is the day in between.
Now, we know the end of the story and yet, so did the disciples. Jesus told His followers, the ones betting everything they had on Him,
“The Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. (Luke 9:22)
So as much as it seems cheating to act as if we don’t know what tomorrow morning will bring, I wonder if we live in that knowledge? I wonder if our hearts aren’t so heavy from the weariness, from the sowing, from disease, or from the heartache, that we forget as the disciples forgot. We know, but do we know? We speak the truth of resurrection but do our hearts jump with the realization of a truth that echoes through all of time?
My mind, and my heart, are a little confused. It’s not that Jesus is confusing, but it’s that I’m not sure I took Him at His word when He said, I will suffer many things and be rejected. For this truth is our truth since our lives are, “Now hidden with Christ in God”. Therefore, we suffer and we are rejected.
In many ways we struggle with the same doubt of the disciples in that in-between day. We simply live in part 3 of the mystery of the faith. While the disciples greatest hardship may have been saying, Christ is Risen, our greatest hardship may be saying, Christ will come Again.
Both truths are clearly seen in Scripture. The followers of Jesus had no reason to be afraid. Their Teacher spoke clearly to them. He told them He would suffer, would die, and then be raised.
Our Teacher is still just as kind. He does not leave us without hope. Rather, He says:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place I am going.
In this in between day, let us rejoice and be glad in it. For we know the way to the place He is going. We know. But when we forget, Jesus reminds us and whispers softly to our confused ears:
My Son, my Daughter, my treasure,
You know the way to the place I am going. It is I who take you there.