We adore you O Christ and we bless you
Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world
“Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus and Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed the body.”
They have all gone. The hilltop is empty. There is no fun in jeering and mocking a dead body. Death has its own majesty and generates fear. But for those who love Jesus they can now show that loveas they handle him tenderly, and with some relief that the pain is over, his spirit is even now in the close presence of the Father.
But is there any point in prayer now that he is gone?
Lord God and Father of us all, hold in your keeping all who will die today, especially those in great pain, or victims of torture. Be present and give consolation to all who mourn.
(Our reflections and prayers for the Stations of the Cross this year have been written for us by Sister Jean Mary CHN)