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Today we begin with the solemn ritual of the burial of Jesus body by Joseph of Arimathaea. Joseph is a wealthy member of the Temple Council. He believes in Jesus and does not support the actions that condemned Jesus to death. Joseph has permission to remove the body of Jesus from the site of the Crucifixion and give Jesus a proper burial.
“And he took the Lord and washed him and wrapped him in a linen shroud and brought him to a tomb where no one else had lain.” (a mark of respect) –According to St.Peter.
Imagery Narrative: Joseph of Arimathea Buries Jesus
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how Joseph of Arimathaea solemnly performs a burial ritual for Jesus. First he places the body on a shelf carved into the stone tomb. He then removes the stained shroud and washes blood from Jesus wounds. Breathe out one time and open your eyes. Wait a few seconds for the audio to continue.
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how Joseph of Arimathaea anoints Jesus body with an ointment of myrrh, spices and aloe. As he does this, generations of women sob and lament. Now see Joseph wrap the body in linen adding ointment as he goes. When you feel the rite is complete, back out of the tomb and remain until Joseph has a large rock rolled up to the entrance of the tomb. Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Click Here For Audio Imagery: The Burial of Jesus
Narrative of the recorded contemplation called Mary Magdala Sees The Resurrected Jesus. Close your eyes and sit quietly listening to the recording. There are moments of silence after the reading. You’ll then be instructed to open your eyes.
The morning after the burial, Mary Magdalene comes with Joanna, Susanna and Salome (The women from Galilee) to the tomb and sees the rock removed. The women return to tell the apostles, but Mary Magdalene remains. Peering into the tomb she sees two angels in white sitting where Jesus body had been. They ask why she weeps and she tells them “They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put him.” As she says this, Jesus asks why she weeps. Supposing him to be the gardener, she asks if he has removed the body. Jesus says Mary’s name and she turns. Recognizing him she calls, Rabbuni, meaning Master. “Do not cling to me because I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go and tell my brothers ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father. To my God and your God.” So Mary Magdalene tells the apostles “I have seen the Lord” and the things he said to her. From the Gospel of John, Chapter 20
Click Here for the Audio Contemplation: Mary Magdala and The Women of Galilee See That Jesus Has Risen From The Tomb
How Could Mary Magdalene Not Recognize Jesus?
Soon after his death, Jesus began the transformation to a “light body,” in preparation for the ascension to His Father. When Mary Magdalene had last seen Jesus, immediately after the crucifixion, he bore the agony of that ordeal on his face and his flesh was bloody with wounds. During the night, after Joseph of Arimathaea completed the burial ritual, Jesus transformation was completed and he bore the countenance of who he is, the Son of God, a heavenly being who had inhabited a physical body and was called Jesus for our salvation. From that time until the Feast of Pentecost, Jesus could only be seen by those he chose to see him, among those Mary Magdalene, Mary, his mother, and the apostles.
May You Enjoy The Blessings of the Resurrection! Barbarah