Because it was the day of preparation for the Sabbath, and that Sabbath was a particularly holy one, Jesus’ body was hastily buried. Without ceremony the body was interred in a nearby tomb. Some of the women planned to return to the tomb in a few days to bring spices to dress the body as was their custom. And they were rewarded that first Easter Sunday with a vision of God’s glory…
Without a word spoken and with little ceremony, Jesus Body is placed in the tabernacle. But unlike those gathered at the foot of the cross on Calvary, we know the end of the story. The risen Christ is inside us and we carry Him out into the world. While they mourned His loss before their Sabbath rest, we bring Him with us as we leave this Sabbath celebration
Some who are gathered there with us at Mass plan to return to His resting place in the sanctuary of the church, just as others visited the tomb. And they too will be rewarded as they pay homage to their Savior.
[For an explanation of this series of meditations on the Way of the Cross see this Introduction.]