14 Jesus is laid in the tomb
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus where baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of that Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6.3-4
It seems that it is all over. A disgraced body is placed in a tomb, with a great rock rolled over the entrance like a giant full-stop. But Jesus is on the cusp of a new beginning. Ahead lies an unimaginable future which he will share with all whose life seems to have reached a dead end. From this place of death will spring forth glorious new life.
We acknowledge with sorrow our failure to live up to our baptismal covenant. Let us pray for all the baptised, and for those preparing for baptism. Since in baptism we have shared Christ’s death in order to share his risen life, so through us may the word of God be alive and active today.
Lord Jesus, help us to be messengers of your Way of life