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Friday, March 22, 2013

Fourteenth Station

Our Garden of Rememberance water fountain
The Fourteenth Station:  Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.


1. They take the body of Jesus to its resting place.  The huge stone over the tomb is the final sign of the permanence of death.  In this final act of surrender, who would have imagined this tomb would soon be empty or that Jesus would show himself alive to his disciples, or that they would recognize him in the breaking of bread?  Oh, that our hearts might burn within us, as we realize how he had to suffer and die so as to enter into his glory, for us.

2. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

3. I pause to contemplate this act of closure on his life.  In solidarity with all humanity, his body is taken to its grave. 
I stand for a moment outside this tomb.  This final journey of his life has shown me the meaning of his gift of himself for me.  This tomb represents every tomb I stand before with fear, in defeat, struggling to believe it could ever be empty.

4. In the fullness of faith in the Risen One, given by his own Holy Spirit, I express my gratitude for this way of the cross.  I ask Jesus, whose hands, feet and side still bear the signs of this journey, to grant me the graces I need to take up my cross to be a servant of his own mission.



5. "Through baptism into His death we were buried with Him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." —Romans 6:4
"In baptism you were not only buried with Him but also raised to life with Him because you believed in the power of God Who raised Him from the dead." —Colossians 2:12
"It was in the Spirit also that He went to preach to the spirits in prison." —1 Peter 3:19 (see 1 Pt 4:6)

Prayer: Father, in Jesus my old life is buried. Now all is new! (2 Cor 5:17)


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