Jesus is Buried in the Tomb
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus — the same one who had first come to Jesus at night — took the body and wrapped it in linen cloths with spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes, following the Jewish burial custom. At the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried. Since it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was near at hand, they laid Jesus there. (Jn. 19) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, the mother of James and Joseph, were there, sitting opposite the tomb. (Mt. 27)
The lifeless body of Jesus is carried to the tomb. His mother arranges it with overwhelming sorrow. Then they all withdraw, and the tomb is sealed. This had to be. He died for me. It is done. It had to be. He could have completely destroyed those that battered, bruised and violently crucified Him, but He followed the will of the Father. He said, “Yes” and chose to die for me. Mary said, “Yes” too. Jesus poured out His loving mercy on the soldiers and on me. He wants us to pour our mercy on the poor. He wants us to say, “Yes” to Him who is in the poor. I love You, Jesus. Forgive me.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me Your merciful heart, so that I may forgive others, love others, and serve you in the poor. Help me to always forgive those who have done me wrong or offended me. Help me not to offend others. Protect my tongue which is so powerful; place Your loving breath on it so that I may only speak loving words. Bless my hands so that they may serve you lovingly. My buried Jesus, devoutly I kiss the stone that encloses You. My sinful body will return one day to the dust from which it came. In Your great mercy, receive my immortal soul, so that on the last day I may rise in glory with You and join You in Your kingdom, where I may love You and praise You forever. My beloved Jesus, I love You. Come into my life and give me courage, generosity, wisdom and self control. Jesus, You ransomed me with Your precious blood, purify my conscience from dead works, and help me to serve You in the poor and to worship the living God. Amen
Our Father who art in Heaven . . . . . Amen