13 Jesus is taken down from the cross
Simeon blessed the child’s parents, and said to Mary his mother “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God that many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorry, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart. Luke 2:34-35
Jesus, how brutally you were put to death. How gently you are taken from the cross. Your suffering and pain are ended, and you are put in the lap of your mother. The dirt and blood are wiped away. You are treated with love. Mary’s child is now returned to her – the world has finished with him, the meek one has been slain by the mighty. Once more Mary lifts him up in her arms.
As a child, sometimes we treat others better when they’re sad or in pain. When somebody dies, we become very gentle and kind. We notice the good and kind things people say about those who have died.
As an adult, we seem to be kinder when someone dies. If only we could learn to see the good things about them while they were alive. If only we would tell those around us how much we love them, while we still have the opportunity to do so.
We have to tell you, Lord, that there are times when it is hard to go on believing in you. There are times when we feel very angry and you seem to be far away. We cry to you now, for the despairing who feel their faith grow dim, and especially for parents who must do a thing they never expected to do – bury their own children.
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer