For a time, Jesus, your lifeless body is held in the tomb. But soon enough your Paschal Mystery cannot be contained.
*Station 14: Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb
Before the disciples lay your body in the tomb, they prepare it with spices and oil (Luke 23:56) – almost as if they anticipate the great feast day ahead. St. Paul, too, longs to be nourished by you. “Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed,” he writes. “Let us celebrate the feast…” (1 Cor 5: 7-8) Touch my heart today, Blessed Lamb, just as you touched hearts then. Sustain me with a taste of your real presence in the world.
Lord Jesus, when I encounter you as the Lamb of God, I come face-to-face with a great mystery. There is little in your outward appearance to make you appealing in the eyes of the world. Instead of riches or power, you offer poverty and weakness. Instead of revenge or pleasure-seeking, you offer mercy and self-sacrifice. You turn all my expectations upside down; and yet, somehow, you find a way to fill the deepest longings of my soul. Invite me now into the Easter banquet you have prepared for those – like your cousin John – who know you well. Prepare my heart for full union with you. Amen.
*From my Way of the Cross Minute Meditations, “Behold, The Lamb of God” © 2009 and written for Creative Communications for the Parish.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.