Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’” The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But Jesus was silent.
“…holy silence is spacious and inviting. You can drink it down. We offer it to ourselves when we work, rest, meditate, bike, read. When we hike by ourselves, we hear a silence still pristine with crunching leaves and birdsong. Silence can be a system of peace, which is mercy…” – Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
Silence makes us uncomfortable. Many of us want to fill in the gaps.
“But Jesus’ silence ripples with peace. No words are necessary to proclaim God’s power and presence. Christ’s silence invites us to contemplate God’s presence in the gospel account and in our lives and faith communities. We are invited into this full silence, not as individuals, but as the very body of Christ today.” – Paul Hoffman. Wondrous Love. Augsburg Fortress. Kindle Edition
In the loud clanging of ever-changing news about COVID-19, we can become afraid. We can be uncomfortable with the silence of being apart from one another. Help us to hear silence instead as your “holy silence.” Remind us that you are present in our lives and in our faith communities — even when we are physically apart. Help us rest in your peace and mercy that we too can proclaim God’s power and presence. Amen.