Buried. The fourteenth of fifteen words on Jesus' way to the Cross.
Our fourteenth Lent reflection briefly considers the burial of Jesus, from Matthew 27:57-61.
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The story that began in a garden – whether you think this story began in Eden or Gethsemane – will end in a garden.
Unlike the criminals crucified either side of him, Jesus’ body will receive the honour of a proper burial. Even in death, Jesus is not alone. He may be buried, sealed behind a stone, wrapped in burial clothes, but the two Marys wait just outside. This is not a lonely, lowly, criminal’s tomb. This is the grave of someone who is loved, someone to whom others wish to do great honour. Even in the way he is buried, there is a hint that Jesus might be more than just another man.
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