The Borghese Entombment,
Painting by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, 1483-1520),
painted between 1507,
oil on wood
© Galleria Borghese, Rome
The Stations of the Cross - Station 14: Jesus is placed in the tomb
Matthew 27: 57-60
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.
Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.
Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
Reflection on the painting
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
We walked down from Golgotha, up the hill. I am witnessing how the people who loved you the most, your nearest and most affectionate relatives and friends, want to lay your dead body to rest with loving care. Their weeping is so gracious. They are close to the tomb, just coming into sight on the left. Soon you will rest.
I marvel at the bright colourful scene. It amazes me, as it holds all I behold and treasure in you, my Jesus: your death, your imminent resurrection, the hope displayed by the myriad of colours, sadness, joy, anticipation, strength… The pain I let in by watching your crucifixion up close, has now made space for hope.
My mind and heart had become entombed by the pain I witnessed up close. Now I live in hope, as I believe you will soon rise from the dead… and I am ready to sing your eternal praises!
Our Father, who art in heaven…
Hail Mary, full of grace…
Glory be to the Father and to the Son…
Normal Gospel reading for the day: John 18: 1 - 19: 42: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, see https://christian.art/daily-gospel-reading/john-18-1-19-42-2020/
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