- The fourteenth station – jesus is laid in the tomb.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless yo
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Mark 15:46-47 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE)
Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.
Mark’s Gospel originally ended right here – with just a hint that something else lay around the corner. It was a literary device, we might say, a bit like the end of series one of a drama leaving you thinking about different possibilities. What are the possibilities here? Not promising if we are honest! Yet those two women, the two Mary’s, will become the key to the possibilities of God. For even as the grain of wheat that is Jesus falls into the ground and dies it is about to burst forth in an unprecedented burst of life – new life, life in abundance – God’s life. We are invited to ‘join’ ourselves to this amazing truth by faith. Faith unlocks the door of life – Jesus stands and knocks – will we have faith enough to open to Him?
Christians are called the easter people and alleluia is our song. Alelluia means ‘praise God’ but not in that dry, formal way. It is the praise of a people redeemed from death and offered new life. Am I ready for it? can I say Alleluia! and mean it? And believe it? Is my key in my hand ready?
Our Father………..Glory be……………Hail Mary………….
Jesus, may our celebration of Easter bring new life to my faith and light and joy into my life and those I love. Amen