The Deposition

A very beautiful meditation, and one of my favorites, on the deposition of Jesus from the cross by St. Josemaria Escriva.

Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who are hidden disciples of Christ, intercede for Him making use of the high positions they hold. In the hour of loneliness, of total abandonment and of scorn…, it is then that they stand up for him audacter, boldly (Mark 15:43)…: heroic courage!

With them I too will go up to the foot of the Cross; I will press my arms tightly round the cold Body, the corpse of Christ, with the fire of my love…; I will unnail it, with my reparation and mortifications… I will wrap it in the new winding-sheet of my clean life, and I will bury it in the living rock of my breast, where no one can tear it away from me, and there, Lord, take your rest!

Were the whole world to abandon you and to scorn you… serviam!, I will serve you, Lord.

Detail from Deposition in the Sepulchre by Grunewald

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