Prepare to listen (about 5 minutes). Conclude your silence with: Enlighten my heart and mind, Lord Christ, to the meaning of your death and burial for the world today.
Read John 19:38-42 (read slowly as you wonder about the details in the text).
38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, 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. 39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Sit with this passage and imagine the scene. Identify with a character and imagine what you might have done. Feel the pain of the loss the disciples experienced then.
Today, end with silence. Stay with the pain of loss as you prepare for the celebration of the resurrection story on Easter Sunday.