Black Saturday

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"This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.) Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet. The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid." - Mark 15:42-47

Jesus, your body is prepared for burial. Joseph gave you his own tomb. He laid your body there and rolled a large stone in front of it, then went home. What a sad day it has been for so many people.

As children, sometimes we try to keep everything for ourselves. We find it hard to share things with our brothers or sisters and with our friends.

As adults, we can be selfish too. We can accumulate things and keep them for ourselves. We try to make sure we have what we want before we share what we have with anybody else.

This Holy (Black) Saturday, let us remember Joseph of Arimathea, who risked his own life as he accepted Jesus' body for burial. Let us think of how Joseph loved Jesus so much that he gave him his own tomb.

My Jesus, beside Your body in the tomb I, too, would lie dead; but if I live, let it be for You, so as one day to enjoy with You in heaven the fruits of Your passion and Your bitter death. Amen.
Mar 31 2018