Then Joseph (of Arimathea) bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth. (Mark 15: 46)

Station 13

We usually see the cross from straight on, hanging from a chain around a neck, on a communion table, forming a gravestone and so on. In reality it must have been huge, and even the tallest amongst us would have had to look up. Looking up at the cross emphasises our helplessness, our childlikeness.

But even when there is nothing to be done, there are things to do, and doing them with great care is all the more powerful because there is no reason to do so but love.

  • Try doing something seemingly pointless, for nothing but love’s sake.
  • Think of this Joseph, remembered for nothing but that.

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