Matthew 27: 61 “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb”
The paintings I have seen of this scene make me so sad. I see these women who have followed Jesus to Jerusalem and then been with the crowds who surged as the convicted men carried their crosses to the execution site. The women were there, at the foot of his cross; experiencing Jesus’ agonizing death. They watched his lifeless body taken down from the cross and taken by Joseph to his own tomb. Then they sat there while he prepared Jesus body for placement in the tomb. They sat there just watching and weeping. It is over, they thought. Their grief has to be the deepest humans suffer. His cruel execution was still traumatizing them. Jesus their master, teacher, leader was dead. Jesus, who had loved and lived for them and for everyone, was dead. What grief, what despair! And they sat there, till the near arrival of the Sabbath meant they had to go.
When life is at its hardest let us remember their grief. Let us remember too, they stayed with him, until the burial was over and they waited until the Sabbath was over and they could visit again. Their next visit was to be on Easter morning when God was to change their grief to joy.
May God be with you in all times of grief helping you to know the joy of resurrection which conquers death.
Readings: Job 14: 1-14, 1 Peter 4: 1-8, Matthew 27: 57-66, Psalm 31: 1-4 and 15,16