13 Jesus is taken down from the cross
Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. After these things, Joseph of Arminathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.
Jesus is dead. Yet before the body is wrenched from the cross and put into the arms of Mary, his side is pierced and water and blood flow out – an image of Baptism and the Eucharist which will be at the heart of his Church. Even in this hour of immense grief the hidden God is preparing the way for something new, as a community of faith begins to take shape.
We acknowledge with sorrow the times when we have been tempted to loose heart. We pray for all those who cannot see beyond the darkness of grief, and for all who mourn – especially parents mourning the death of a child. May Mary, who knew the pain of grief, pray with them and for them.
Lord Jesus, even when we feel helpless prepare our hearts for resurrection.