Since the beginning of Lent, Christians throughout Columbia have been sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each has been accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join Columbia’s Lenten journey for 2015, submit your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us complete this year’s Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation to the joyous resurrection on Easter Sunday morning.
Today’s scripture reading is from the Gospel of Matthew 27:57-66.
As I read this passage, several questions come to mind. Who is this Joseph of Arimathea? Where are Peter, James, John and the other disciples? How are Mary Magdalene, the beloved, and the other Mary’s comforting each other as they sit at the tomb of their crucified Lord?
It seems that Joseph, a wealthy leader in the community, was actively a ‘disciple in secret.’ Yet, now he has boldly asked for the privilege to properly bury his Lord Jesus. In contrast, the disciples who have openly followed Jesus, now fearing for their lives, may have forsaken the Jesus they claimed to love.
With Mary Magdalene and the other Mary’s, we have a different picture. Not only had they dared to follow their Jesus from place to place, but they dared to honor him with their presence at his burial…unafraid! After many tears as they sat near the tomb, they probably embraced as they began to recall how Jesus expressed His divine love for all by advocating for children and the oppressed, by comforting prisoners and healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, forgiving sinners, and connecting us to the love and grace of God. Mary Magdalene, a very devoted follower of Jesus, stands as a steadfast witness to Jesus’ eternal love as He made the supreme sacrifice for mankind. She may have added that they power of this love will be felt for generation after generation.
Yes, Mary Magdalene, we experience the warmth of that eternal love at Trinity Cathedral each time we meet the Lord Jesus at the altar, each time we participate in the many different services of faith offered at Trinity. We feel the warmth of the eternal love each time we receive God’s blessings; His love, grace and mercy. We share the eternal love each time we reach out to our neighbors who may be in need, sorrow, sickness or trouble.
Thank you, Trinity Cathedral, for offering us so many opportunities to share our blessings and the warmth of that eternal love with our neighbors. Are we taking full advantage of these opportunities?
Bishop Finlay Chapter of DHC
Columbia, South Carolina
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