Saturday, April 20, 2019

Daily Devotion for Lent 2019 - Day 40

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:57-66 (NRSV)

I like the image of the road going right
by the empty tomb - lots to stir the imagination!
As we prepare for Easter, today's reading in Matthew reminds me of a pot that is boiling when the lid starts shaking.

You know that something is coming and you are going to be forced to respond.

We see Jesus placed in a tomb and the women observing where his body was buried.  They are making a note so as to know where to go the next day.

The chief priests and the Pharisees continue to conspire against Jesus with the Roman authorities.  They have the tomb sealed and guards placed so that the body cannot be stolen and stories circulated about his resurrection.

They tried to silence Jesus though the entire Gospel and even though they had him killed, they may realize that it is not over yet.

There is usually a finality about death that would leave us saying, "Why bother?"  But in this case, we are anticipating (even alongside our enemies) that the story has another chapter.

The calm of the rock tomb will soon be shaken.

The lives of the women watching and their male counterparts will soon be changed.

The cosmic order of things shifts from mortality to something more beautiful.

May it be so for you as well.

Prayer for the day:

God, we give thanks for the still times.
We give thanks for quiet and rest.
We give thanks for places of healing.
In our gratitude, through our gratitude, may we still experience joyous surprise!

Photo by califguy4christ via  Used under the Creative Commons license.

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