There is one more Station that can be included in the Stations of the Cross. On this Good Friday, however, we will pause before we go to the Resurrection and sit with all that has just happened.
As we read through the Gospel last Sunday, I really felt this moment as we finished the reading. Everything is finished: the arrest, the torture, the walk to Calvary, Jesus’ death on the cross, and His burial in the tomb. There is nothing left to do, so everyone goes home. Well, almost everyone. Matthew tells us, “But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.” (Matthew 27:61).
It broke my heart. We sit today in shock and disbelief. The two women have no understanding that this is not the end. They only see the devastation that has filled the day, and can’t leave. They can’t leave Jesus, and they can’t pull themselves away from the scene. Sometimes this is all we can see in our own lives or in our own faith. We can sit and wait for it all to sink in, but at some point, we get up as they did, and return to find that Jesus has transformed the entire thing.
The Cross is a beautiful focus for our faith. It reminds us of the love that is offered to us completely. It reminds us of the times that we wander and the times that we fail. It reminds us that all of it can be healed.
Sit at the tomb and soak it all in. Then get ready. Easter is coming.