Holy Saturday Devotion – The Burial of Jesus
The Gospel of Luke gives us just a few sentences to get to know Joseph of Arimathea. We learn he was both “good and righteous” and that although he was a part of the Jewish high council that condemned Jesus, Joseph was a believer in Jesus and did not support what had happened. I can imagine that he requested the body of Jesus for burial in his own plot at great personal risk, not only to his standing in the community, but also to his very life. Despite how little we know about Joseph of Arimathea, we know enough to realize that he was a man of both conviction and courage in a time of chaos.
Eight years before I even knew about National City, I heard previous General Minister and Disciples President Rev. Michael Kinnamon speak at a conference called Witness Our Welcome in 2000. The ecumenical gathering was focused on the growing movement toward full welcome and participation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people within Christianity. While describing his support of GLBT inclusion in the church and the wrath he incurred because of it, Rev. Kinnamon said something that has stayed with me all these years. “The question” he said, “is no longer ‘Do they like me?’ but ‘Am I faithful?’” Am I Faithful? Most of us will not be called upon in life to risk our own futures for our faith, but we will surely face circumstances in which this question is relevant to us. May we find, as Joseph and Rev. Kinnamon did, the strength to answer “Yes.”
Prayer: Dear God, on this dark Saturday in which it seems that chaos reigns and wrong has triumphed, give us the courage that your servants have had throughout the ages to say “Yes, Lord, Yes.”
– Alyssa May