Holy Saturday

First of all, silly me, I just discovered the Reader. I’ve been reading the new posts of the people I’m following in email on my phone ever since I began with WordPress. “Liking” something in email always popped open the browser and, then, I would “Like” the post in the browser which would in turn open another browser giving me the impression that my “Likes” were not getting through. Using the Reader is so much easier both on the phone as well as on the computer. Duh! Do I feel stupid? Actually, I don’t feel stupid at all. I’m glad I discovered this today.

So, what is worthy of comment today?

Today is Holy Saturday for Christians. For liturgically oriented churches — Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran, and some mainstream Protestant churches — this is the day when we remember that Jesus descended into hell to preach the Good News to those held captive there.

The Apostles’ Creed says Jesus “descended to the dead.” In Matthew 16:13-20 we historically seem to get all tangled up in a conversation about what/who “the rock” is upon which the church will be built. What is often overlooked is that whatever “the rock” is, the “powers of death shall not prevail against it.” This means what it says, the “powers of death” or the “gates of Hades/Hell” shall not be able to keep the kingdom of heaven out.

That sounds to me like Love Wins. For a good book to read about this, check this one out:

Bell, R. (2011). Love wins : A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. New York, NY: HarperOne.

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