I’m sure this has been brought up before, but the verse I’m struggling with (and which I’m concerned someone may throw my direction some day) is Matt. 12:38-40, in which Christ prophesies that he will "be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Our tradition holds that he died on Good Friday and rose on Sunday. I’ve always understood this to be three days (what remains of Friday, Saturday, and early Sunday). Yet, where are the “three nights”?
I’ve tried to do searches and find Catholic discussions of this, but have only hit the opposite. Some valid points are made, such as that, on the morning of his resurrection, when Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb, John 20:1 says it was still dark, making it hard to understand “part of Sunday” as a third “day”.
The sites I’ve found make the argument for a Wednesday burial (and a Saturday resurrection) due to the “three days, three nights” chronology and due to evidence like this:
“These women bought and prepared spices “when the Sabbath had past” and then “rested on the Sabbath”! They rested twice: once on “a high day” and once on the weekly Sabbath two days later.
This can mean only one thing! Jesus was crucified and buried on a Wednesday, the holy day fell on Thursday, the women prepared spices on Friday and our Savior was resurrected at sunset on the Sabbath as the day ended! The events cannot be worked out any other way with the plain evidence provided in the Holy Scriptures!” (from www.sabbath.org)
I’m sure I’m missing something or that there are some errors in omitance in this argument and will continue digging, but I hoped that someone in this forum has wrestled with this before or sees the obvious that I’m missing. Thanks in advance for your help.