Today, at Mass, Farther Will asked us to ponder on the emptiness of the tomb. Let go of the thoughts of the Resurrection, we have 40 days after Easter to celebrate and learn more about the Resurrection, just for today, ponder on the emptiness of the tomb and with Wonder and Awe marvel at God’s goodness, His majesty, grace and mercies. No matter what we do, God’s covenant with us will not be broken. He will and does keeps coming after us to draw us near and bring us back into His flock.
Happy Easter to each of you and thank you for follow along side-by-side on this Lenten journey with me.
Station of the Cross
13th Station ~ Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Psalm 51 v 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Jesus is laid in the tomb. A cold, dark borrowed tomb, no pillow for his head. I am always thankful and somewhat relieved when Holy Saturday finally arrives. I am ready for some good news, bells, flowers, colors, the Resurrection! But then, I remember, Mary, His mother still mourns, the disciples wonder and are afraid. Today, we know the rest of the story but I wonder how I would have reacted in Jesus’ time. Would I have felt little hope and great sorrow? Saturday would have been a day of great disbelief and grief.
But we do know the rest of the story. Jesus died for our sins, our debts are all paid in full, once and for all. Tomorrow, will be a new day and God’s mercies and grace are refreshed each morning! Alleluia!!
Stations of the Cross
13th Station ~ Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Psalm 51 v 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Jesus died on the cross. The two men on either side of Jesus had their legs broken but not Jesus for they saw he was already dead. One of the soldiers pulled his lance and pieced his side and out poured blood and water. Mary, her sister and John, the beloved disciple stayed and stood by Jesus’ side. Finally, Joseph and Nicodemus came, took him down, and laid him in the arms of his mother. Her pain I cannot fathom.
Tonight, at Good Friday Service we venerated the Cross. We went one by one. We could touch the Cross, bow our heads, kiss the Cross, genuflect before the Cross, however you felt moved to venerate the Cross. I watched as the line moved slowly along. A WWII Pearl Harbor veteran simply reached out to touch the Cross of his Savior and bowed his head. He held his wife’s arm as she too reached out to touch the wood. Young families with their children each took turns touch the Cross, some brave, some not so brave. One little girl turn her head as not to even look at the Cross. I understood how she felt. A strong laborer-looking-man genuflected and ever-so-gently kissed the Cross. I believe God’s heart was moved.
There is a story that after President Lincoln was assassinated great crowds gathered up and down the Washington streets where his body would pass by – there was a black woman holding her tiny child. When the caissons and the horse drawn carriage passed she held up her baby and whispered, “Take a long, long look, he died for you.”
We too can say standing at the Cross, “Take a long, long look, he died for you.”
Lord Jesus, Thank you.
Stations of the Cross
12th Jesus Dies on the Cross Psalm 51 v 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
Today, is Holy Thursday. We celebrate and reenact the Last Supper of the Lord and Jesus washing of the disciples’ feet.
The Last Supper was really a reenactment of the Seder meal of the Passover for Jews. In tradition, the youngest child at the Seder table always asked the question…How is this night different? Father Will at Mass this evening said he was pretty sure someone asked that same question at the Last Supper. Jesus had all the correct answers from his Jewish upbringing but he knew so much more, this was a meal different from all other before and still to come. This as the meal when he instituted the Eucharist breaking of the bread and sharing the cup. Giving of his own body and blood to the world.
During our celebration the priest also washing the feet of 12 people. Earlier today, I saw the Pope once again washing the feet of 12 prisoners from a prison in Rome, 6 men and 6 women. I wept as I watched. I heard myself grasp when he bent to kiss the foot of the first person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_brCm6Sd24
During the washing of the feet, we sang Dan Schutte’s song, As I Have Done for You, so I leave you with the words:
I, your Lord and Master, now become your servant. I who made the moon and stars will kneel to wash your feet. This is my commandment: to love as I have loved you. Kneel to wash each other’s feet as I have done for you. All the world will know you are my disciples by the love that you offer, the kindness you show. You have heard the voice of God in the words that I have spoken. You beheld heaven’s glory and have seen the face of God.
One last thought…Do you were wonder what it was like for Jesus Thursday night in prison. During the last week he experienced some of the of the best moments of his life here on earth, a mountain top experience, feed the multitudes and having his own feet washed and now living the darkest time of his life and he knows what is yet to come.
Stations of the Cross
11th Station Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Psalm 51v15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Jesus is nailed to the cross.
I can’t imagine the pain.
I want to close my ears off to the sounds of the day.
I want to close my eyes and pretend it didn’t happen.
I want to walk away from the smell of death.
I want to forget they offered Jesus the taste of vinegar on a sponge.
I want to put my hands in my pockets and turn my back and run as far away as I can.
But Jesus you never have or will ever turn your back on me.
You will never forget me.
I can see it in your eyes…the love you have for me no matter what.
Dear Jesus, Remember me when you enter your kingdom. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.