Where do we see ourselves spiritually at this point in the pandemic in relation to the Easter story? Are we – in pandemic terms – Joseph mourning Jesus’ death and ensuring that he is buried appropriately; or the angel watching and waiting ready to reveal the truth and joy for others, or the women, possibly in denial about what’s happening, coming with trepidation perhaps daring to hope that something good is imminent? Are we in mourning, denial, or anticipating? Is there a place for all three? And can we envisage hope on the horizon, in this Bible story and in our own lives?
Bible reading: Mark 15:42-47 (NIV)
The burial of Jesus
42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Voices: Here and there
Today’s here and there voices from Roots share the thoughts from an NHS vaccine-giver and Mary, or a disciple at Jesus’s tomb.
1) How hopeful do you feel at this moment for the future?
2) Reflect and talk about what the atmosphere may have been like among the women and the disciples in those days, between crucifixion and resurrection.
3) How might we as a fellowship/church continue to support those struggling while being a signpost for hope?
This is the final reflection from the Roots Here and There reflections for Lent. You can find the full text for the reflections plus suggestions for hymns, prayer and follow-up activity online at https://www.rootsontheweb.com/i-am-looking-for/resources-for-lent-2021