When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60)
Joseph of Arimathea is introduced as the one who steps forward to take away the body of Jesus. Joseph was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action about Jesus. Certainly Joseph of Arimathea took a big risk asking for Jesus body, and putting him in his own tomb.
I invite you to read the scripture again and live the events with Joseph of Arimathea as he takes, wraps and places Jesus body in the tomb, rolls the stone to close it and departs. These actions remind me of Jesus’ last meal, when he took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: “Take eat this is my body…do this in remembrance of me.” Reflecting on Joseph’s loving, I share these words of Malcolm Guite in Sounding the Seasons.
Here at the centre everything is still...
He blesses every love that weeps and grieves,
and makes our grief the pangs of a new birth.
The love that’s poured in silence at old graves,
Renewing flowers, tending the bare earth,
Is never lost. In him all love is found
and sown with him, a seed in the rich ground.
Almighty God, inspire us by the acts of love and care found in scripture today. Amen
Nataly Negrete - Fe, esperanza, amor