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Jesus is laid in the tomb

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Jesus is laid in the tomb

Fourteenth Station

Jesus’ body is prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, then they take it to the tomb that Joseph had purchased for himself.  The others watch, grateful  that these two have taken responsibility for the burial; grateful but amazed.  Joseph and Nicodemus – both members of the Council – had not risked abandoning their positions to follow Jesus while he lived.  They work together to heave the great stone into position then they rest awhile alongside the other mourners.

As a member of the Council, Joseph had ‘not consented to what the others had planned and carried out,’ but now, keeping silent was not enough.  In burying Jesus, he and Nicodemus knowingly threw away any hopes they had of political advancement.  On this day, when the faith of many had failed and hope was sealed in the tomb, charity prevailed among the community of the Crucified Lord.

How often it takes a tragedy to kindle the flame of charity!  Lord, the opportunities for charity abound in my daily life, yet all too often I see them only with hindsight.  Be my vision, Lord, that I may see and seize those opportunities to make your love known.  Like Joseph and Nicodemus, I too can lack the courage to stand up and be counted, fearing the loss perhaps, of something that makes my life so beautiful.  Grant me the courage, Lord, to give myself to you completely because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.  For this, my Jesus, I will live and die.

 

I love Thee, Jesus; my love above all things;
I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee.
Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again.
Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

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