Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Jesus is laid in the tomb
From the Gospel according to John (19:41-42)
Now there was a garden in the place where He was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Recently, my theology class invited us to reflect on Christ’s death in relation to what the prophet Isaiah had to say about this servant who had given His life so that we could be healed.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Christ chose to arrive to the world in the most humbling manner, yet even after His deep suffering, we are unable to lay him to rest in a place deserving of the life He lived. Somehow, this stirred something within me. Do we not continue doing the same to him? Do we not crucify him, and after putting him down from the cross, chose to lay him in the most convenient place rather than in the most deserving? I invite you to reflect on this. Through our daily routines (whatever they may look like now during a pandemic), we continue crucifying Christ, that’s no doubt. But perhaps we could start thinking of more deserving places to lay Christ rather than the most convenient places. To make space to speak to him, worship him, and be present in a genuine manner and not in a half-here-half-there manner. Because He loves us, He will take this. But is He not deserving of more than our half presence? Does God not ask only for us, rather than an entire burning offering? With the extra free time gifted to us during this quarantine season, let us find different ways in which to glorify Christ as He rests after a long time of bearing our Cross.
– Mariana Aguilar ’23