Random and not so random musings from a 5th generation NE Missourian who became a 1st generation Episcopalian. Let the good times roll!

(Lamentation, detail, Matthias Grunewald, 1523, from The Edge of the Enclosure)

The Two Marys and Joseph of Arimathea
Take Disposition of Jesus' Body

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.

Mark 15:40-45

Comforter God,

Embolden us to grieve up close

rather than from a comfortable distance.

It’s too convenient, Lord,

to send a virtual card, sign an online guestbook,

drop a consoling e-mail,

or post an expression of grief on someone’s wall.

These are all wonderful substitutes

for when we cannot be there in person,

but they are not the same as shared hugs and tears.

Strengthen our knees as we stand on their porch

holding a casserole in a dish we don’t need back.



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