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The Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem - Reflection
The 15th Station:
HERE Jesus is laid in the tomb
It is the first day of the week. The feast is over. It is Sunday and the sun is rising in the east illuminating with its warm light the fa┴ade of the rock-cut tomb.
From the city several women are walking in a hurry toward the Garden of Golgotha, carrying in their hands jars containing precious ointments. They are coming to anoint their beloved one!
They are talking among themselves but seem preoccupied. They realized that they could not move the big boulder blocking the entrance to the tomb. Well, they might ask the soldiers to help them. That was a good idea if the soldiers were kind enough to do the job for them.
As soon as they set foot into the Garden, they could not see anybody. There was nobody near the tomb.... and yes, the tomb was open. The stone blocking the entrance had been removed.
They all ran. What happened? Who dared profane the tomb of their beloved one? Where were the soldiers?
They ran towards the tomb. They could not believe their eyes. The tomb was empty. No words came out of their mouths. They were speechless!
Then they were startled because they saw an angel sitting at the place where the body of Jesus had rested. He spoke to them. They were trembling.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him" (Mk 16,6).
They came out trembling and ran down again to tell the disciples. These were sceptic. They could not believe what the women were saying. This is nonsense!
They were hysterical, that's why. They were having visions.... so Peter, John and Mary Magdalene ran back to the tomb. They all saw the empty tomb except for "the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen" (John 20,6-7).
Peter and John left but Mary wanted to stay behind. She stood by the empty tomb crying. As she cried her heart out she heard some movement next to her... she looked up
"and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher).
Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, `I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her. (Jn 20,14-18)
Alleluia! How beautiful is the sound of this word at this spot! Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
And my heart, dear Jesus, leaps with Joy. I can feel again your power and glory. "Where is death your power?"
Yes, Lord Jesus, at this site you overcame the most dreadful enemy of life, the most brutal of moments and transformed it into a glorious event.
The tomb saw your glory, witnessed the light of life, testified to your overwhelming power. No stone could hold you, no bandage tie you up. No guard could stand by your everlasting power as Son of the Father Almighty.
From the tomb, dear Jesus, you made your Holy Cross the throne of your Glory. From the tomb you came back alive to fill us with the certainty that we too will participate in your glory as the redeemed ones not through the blood of goats or lambs but through the blood of the Son of Man.
Alleluia, Lord, from the tomb you filled our hearts with hope. Make it so, Lord, that we always look at this tomb in the moments when we feel ourselves closed in the confined spaces of darkness.
May the victory of your Resurrection spread its peace throughout the world. May it inspire the peoples living next to your "tomb of glory" to overcome the prejudices and hate and grow up in love and respect. Grant to the whole world the Joy of Your Victory. Alleluia!