Deacon Jake Rose Sem. C ‘13
In the Tomb with Our Lady
“Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” Luke 2:19
When we look at the tomb of the Lord Jesus today, we know the end of the story; but, for the apostles and disciples, they couldn’t fathom what would come next or how to proceed with their life. Following the lead of Saint Peter, where else could they go? They had realized that Jesus was “the Holy One of God”, that it was He who has “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68). Now, the one who had come to save, the Messiah they had been waiting for, had been crucified and buried. Too often there is the temptation to move quickly from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, glossing over the time Our Lord spent in the Tomb. But perhaps there is treasure in lingering today in the tomb with our blessed Lord.
The treasure is found in the darkness, in the only light still shining after the burial of this man from Nazareth, crucified on Calvary: the treasure is found in Mary, the Mother of God. Since the night of his birth, she witnessed the life of Our Lord in a way different from everyone else. She “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19). On the night of Jesus’ death and burial, when the Apostles were disoriented and confused, distraught and filled with sadness, it was Mary who serenely awaited the moment of the Resurrection, believing “there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Lk 1:45). When we find the Apostles together again on Sunday, it is because they had turned to Our Lady. With her faith, her hope, and her love, she protected the first Church, keeping them together, even as they were still weak, startled, and confused. Thus the Church was born— under the mantle of Mary. From the beginning, she has always been the comforter of the afflicted. Like on that first Holy Saturday, we ought to have immediate recourse to that endless burning light in our lives, the Blessed Virgin Mary. When we find ourselves like the Apostles, lost and wondering where to turn, it is Mary who restores us to hope – to hope in the Crucified and Risen Lord.
Lord Jesus, give me the grace of steadfast faith, not running from the tomb but turning always to Mary, serenely awaiting the moment of your Resurrection. Amen.
Gn 1: 1-2:2, Ps 104: 1-2a, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35, Gn 22: 1-18, Lk 24: 1-12