Between his death and resurrection, Jesus’ body lay in a tomb. In this episode, we take some time to sit outside of the tomb to remember our friend. We will recall the moments that we have spent with Jesus in this series and contemplate what Jesus' friends and family felt the day before the resurrection.
“Consider the loneliness of Our Lady, whose grief and fatigue were so great: then, on the other side, the loneliness of the disciples.” - Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius 208
Though we know Jesus was buried in the tomb and remained there until the third day, there are no detailed stories or accounts of the disciples during this time. For this exercise, we sit in solitude in the garden as we would at the grave of a friend.
Use the following images if you would like some help guiding your imagination to build this scene, but only insofar as they are helpful. Please don’t feel restricted by these images. Allow your imagination to add or change details as it happens naturally for you. Don’t worry about complete historical accuracy. The point of the exercise is connection with Jesus.
Go into the garden where Jesus was placed in a tomb.
Sit and think of the time you have spent with Jesus.
Sit outside of his tomb.