Holy Saturday

In the Passion According to John, Jesus says: “It is finished.” But the English translation betrays us here. When Jesus dies on the cross, it is not finished and it is far from over and done with, which is what “finished” tends to mean in English. Much better is the English word “fulfilled.” This fits John’s theological vision much better. The fulfillment is that Jesus has been “raised up” so as to draw all people to himself. This fulfillment, far from being finished, is a new beginning.

                                              Abbot Andrew Marr, Three Rivers, Michigan