We are almost finished with the Gospel of Matthew! Two quick points on today’s account of the burial of Jesus:
- Joseph of Arimathea is a good man. His faithfulness probably seemed like a waste–why lavish so much attention on a man who was already dead? But some actions are just right in themselves, and there doesn’t have to be a larger point. And, of course, what can seem useless to us won’t really ever be wasted by the Lord anyway.
- Pilate and the Jewish leadership try to prevent the Resurrection by ordering a guard to keep watch over the tomb. Talk about a useless gesture: there was no power in the universe that could have kept Jesus in the grave!
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