Barry Parish Church

8th April 2023

Holy Week Reflections: Saturday




The Women See the Tomb

A reflection by the Rev Roddy Hamilton

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Luke 23:50-56 (NIV)

What is there to do
When the Son of God dies,
Except keep loving him,
As the women do;
Finding a purpose,
Falling back into worldly routines,
Readying for normalcy again,
After an all too brief skirting with a different future.
It is all any of us can do
When our world ends,
Along with our hope,
And all our dreams.

Keep loving him.

Holy God,
May we find space in this day
When the story has ended,
And there seems nothing left to say,
To find courage,
And patience,
And endurance,
That will hold us through this time,
To keep loving him.

Holy Week reflections:
Palm Sunday: You Have to Laugh
Monday: Widow's Mite
Tuesday: Mary and Martha
Wednesday: Jesus anointed
Thursday: Pilate's wife's dream
Friday: The Women Watch

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