The Temple on Holy Saturday
The Mel Gibson movie, The Passion, painfully portrays the suffering and death of Our Lord that took place on Good Friday. It was based on revelations given to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. She had revelations, as well, of events that took place on Holy Saturday. She saw the Blessed Virgin, John and others going to the Temple early in the day and being conducted through it by the nephews of Joseph of Arimathea, who had the care of the Temple that morning. They saw the curtain enclosing the Holies of Holies torn in two. In the vestibule, there came upon a large hole in one of its walls, through which Mary walked without difficulty, left from a large stone that had crashed through it. Everywhere, they looked upon cracked walls, displaced beams, leaning pillars and sunken portions of floor. They felt a sadness at all of this. To the Jews, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was a living God who dwelt among them in the Temple. Emmerich says that, “the Temple and the holy places were to the Jews what the Most Blessed Sacrament is to Christians.”*
On Holy Saturday, the Temple lay in ruins and was quite deserted. It would be built up by His Resurrection on the third day. After that, God would still dwell among His people in the Eucharist. On Holy Saturday, however, the people were still waiting for this.
Today, we likewise await the joy of Easter. After that, He will once again dwell among us in the Eucharist.
*Emmerich, Blessed Anne Catherine, The Life of Jesus Christ (Rockford, Illinois, Tan Books and Publishers, 2004), vol. IV, p. 346.