Sunday, April 04, 2021

Crashaw: Here, where our Lord once laid his Head

Sunday, April 4, 2021
    When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
    But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
    “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
&nbs p;   —Mark 16:1-7 (NIV)
Upon the Sepulchre of our Lord.

Here, where our Lord once laid his Head,
Now the grave lies burièd.
    ... Richard Crashaw (1613-1649), from “Divine Epigrams”, The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, London: J. R. Smith, 1858, p. 16 (see the book)
    See also Mark 16:1-7; Hos. 13:14; John 11:25-26; Rom. 6:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:54-57
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the grave holds no power over Your people.

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