Editor's note: Beginning Friday, Feb. 19, and continuing through Good Friday, April 2, Delone Catholic students will be reflecting on the Stations of the Cross. Look for new reflections every Monday and Friday.
By Aiden Wittmer '24
A burial is an act of respect and closure, symbolizing the finality of the deceased. Burying the dead is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy taught to us by Jesus on how we should treat one another.
Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, asked Pontius Pilate for Jesus’ body to give Him a proper burial. Joseph showed respect and dignity for Jesus and followed His teachings by providing Him with the burial He deserved.
Although Jesus was humiliated and disrespected throughout His last days, Joseph honored Him by cleaning His body, wrapping Him in linen, and placing Him in a clean tomb.
As followers of Jesus, we are also called to perform the Corporal Works of Mercy. We can help those in need by feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the homeless, visiting the sick, and giving alms to the poor. Let us be aware of what is happening outside of ourselves and look for ways to help someone in need.
The final days of Lent are the perfect time to honor Jesus and His teachings and model the kindness and compassion that Joseph portrayed.
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.https://www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php?id=14