Saturday, Saturday! Oh Saturday, Saturday! God is dead and buried, it’s time to celebrate! Hell no, we cry (not I said the fly)! We don’t really cheer for God being buried, right? We are all about the resurrection. With good reason. Nobody is ready to party at someone’s burial. We mourn, we cry, and we curse. These are all healthy and needed reactions to death in the ground.
But as Christian’s, we should always look at something with the perception of awareness of the good news always being hidden within the sorrow. Just like a comedy, drama is always there but we choose to embrace laughter despite the reality of the shitty situation.
We all must bury the thing we never want to let go of. It’s always something we thought we needed but, in the end, it’s something we had to bury to be able to move on. Not just us, but also for the people we relate to. A spiritual burial is always something we attempt to avoid but always is inevitable. How about we take it with more lightness and playfulness?
Coming to a place of desiring the divine connection in the middle of loss is one of the most difficult journeys. It’s not all skittles and rainbows, that is for damn sure! We must come to an understanding that to get through the woes of life, the only medicine is laughing the poo poo off (and of course getting the professional help needed).
The darkness in our lives is always met with a sense of hope. Living in denial of not acting on burying what needs to be buried can come with sadness. Luckily, depression can be a fuel in producing raw comedy. I remember in my early 20s where I was hit hard with depression and besides some good therapy and a little bit of Lexapro, finding the humor in it all helped me through.
This in no way negates the sadness I suffered; those days where it just hurt to move! It just simply puts it into a healing perspective. It sounds cliche but laughing was a big part of my process to healthiness. Actress Parker Posey puts it like this:
“I can do comedy, so people want me to do that, but the other side of comedy is depression. Deep, deep depression is the flip side of comedy. Casting agents don’t realize it but in order to be funny you have to have the other side.”
I like this one too from Charles M. Schulz, creator of the famous comic strip Peanuts:
“Happiness does not create humor. There is nothing funny about being happy. Sadness creates humor.”
The pattern of crucifixion, death and resurrection is interwoven with the Christian confession. The sting of hopelessness within our plights in life doesn’t have to be the final word. Jesus wasn’t lying when he said, “to find life you must lose your life”. It is action that really drives a reaction.
It’s ironic that Saturday is symbolic for the day of rest within the Judeo-Christian tradition, don’t you think? Yes, the death and burial of Jesus, likely fell on Wednesday to Thursday. But I love how now the Christian calendar has the Holy Week finale Friday thru Sunday.
Saturday of Holy Week is the silent day. The day really no one pays attention too because who really wants to speak about pushing daisies? Ah, but that is satire of it all, my friends. The funny thing is we all have things to bury (we just don’t any to admit it).
Maybe we can come to a place where we can find light in the darkness with our Saturday of burials? We all have skeletons in our closets. We must gather those bones and put them in the ground! Confession can be an act of getting to that place of healing and liberation, believe it or not. Let us gather this Saturday night and let go and bury our shit and see what blossoms.