MY BODY TO PUT IN A TOMB
The statue you're seeing now is Fourteenth Station of the Cross, "My Body to Put in A Tomb,". You are standing at the final station of Jesus' journey to Calvary. This station depicts the heart-wrenching moment when Jesus' lifeless body is laid to rest in the tomb after His crucifixion.
This encounter is one of solemnity and reflection, as it represents the culmination of Jesus' earthly mission and the fulfillment of God's divine plan for the salvation of humanity. In this station, we witness the profound grief and sorrow of Jesus' followers as they lovingly and reverently prepare His body for burial. The scene evokes emotions of loss, but it also carries a glimmer of hope, as it foreshadows the promise of His resurrection.
The Fourteenth Station invites us to contemplate the significance of Jesus' death and the hope of His resurrection. Jesus' burial in the tomb is a moment of stillness and anticipation, as the world waits for the dawning of the new day when He will rise again.
This final Station of the Cross, "My Body to Put in A Tomb," confronts us with the reality of death and the mystery of God's plan for humanity's redemption. Jesus' death and burial are not the end but a prelude to the resurrection, triumphing over sin and death. It teaches us profound lessons of humility, self-sacrifice, and embracing God's will. This station invites us to respond with gratitude and hope, as Jesus' burial reminds us of our own mortality but offers the promise of eternal life through His resurrection, uniting us with Him in heaven.
Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Response: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
Leader: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to its burial, while His Holy Mother went with them and arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb, and all departed.
Response: Oh, my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that closes You in. But You gloriously did rise again on the third day. I beg You by Your resurrection that I may be raised gloriously on the last day, to be united with You in heaven, to praise You and love You forever. I love You, Jesus, and I repent of ever having offended You. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.