Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb
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.[Matthew 27.59-60] [Mark 15.46]
Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. [John 19.39-42]
As you watch with the women, in the world’s quiet of this moment as Jesus’s body is being placed in the tomb, contemplate the fragility and mortality of our own bodies that only God can redeem to perfection.
As I pause and rest at the end of these reflections of the stations of the cross, I ask for forgiveness Lord, for the times when I have not paused and rested, and made time to hear your voice. Amen.