This year we are being called to a quieter time, a time like the Passover, where we are to stay in our homes until the danger passes, a time like the day that Jesus lay in the tomb. We are being called to wait while the shadow passes over.
But at the end of this quiet, shadowed, time I believe, like the Israelites, we can find new freedom. If we can be still enough now to hear, we will be able to find a new joy. If we pay attention, we can begin to see light around the edges, a light that can help us see the world more clearly.
If the disciples had known what that first Easter was going to bring, they could have started rejoicing before the stone was rolled away.
We know that the joy is coming! We can celebrate in the quiet of the shadow.