Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

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We adore thee O Christ, and we bless you. 
Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When Pilate learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock: and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid (Mk 15: 45-47).

The fact that Jesus' body – wrapped in a linen shroud lay in the tomb for three days, rules out any possibility of apparent death. He died as all people die. A large stone indicates definitiveness: everything that had been lived until then is now decisively in the past.

Nevertheless Jesus' death - a death which is absolutely different from any other. For this unique death  was the ultimate expression of God’s infini e love, and love is a living reality that cannot die.

Love is nothing else  but perfect self-oblation and abnegation,in order to give oneself completely to the loved one. Is this not a form of death? And when one loves in a Christian way, placing his life completely at the service of his neighbour, is this not a "dying to self"? 

Our Father...

While my body here decays,
May my soul your good ness praise,
Safe in paradise with you. Amen.

He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father...