Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
1 Corinthians 12:26-27 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Many artists have attempted to portray the poignancy of the scene, the Pieta, as Jesus’ lifeless body is placed on the lap of his mother. But for Paul, the moments after the crucifixion are not simply a time for reverencing the body of the Savior. It is rather a time to reflect on
the transformation of the body of Christ. Jesus Christ gave his body for the life of the world. Though we are saved by the blood of the cross, we live by the grace of God now at work in the body of Christ, the church.
Meditations from the preachers.
From Fr. Andrew.
Lord, your broken, bloodied, and beaten body was placed tenderly on the lap of the mother who bore you as a sacred vessel. Your body, broken and shared for the life of the world, now resides in your people, in your church. We thank you for this Eucharistic gift and we praise you for the blood of the cross. Amen.