“Went Away…Were There”
Joseph of Arimathea and the two Marys did the best they could do for Jesus after he died; Joseph used his status and his wealth to have Jesus entombed while the two Marys used their compassion and their time to show their respect for Jesus.
Joseph went away from the tomb while the two Marys stayed there; but they all did their best.
Help us to do our best in the face of the reality of the crucifixion of Jesus, O God. As it is appropriate, lead us to go on about our business and about your business; as it is appropriate, lead us to sit, to reflect, and to wait.
Whatever we do, O God, let it be done out of devotion to Jesus; whatever we do, O God, let us live in light of the twin facts that Jesus gave up his life and that Jesus calls us to give up our lives.
“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. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.” (Matthew 27:57-61)