Friday: Near the Cross

You are invited to enter Sacred Imagination, here…

Begin by chanting, opening your heart to enter the Sacred Story:

Fall fearless into Love. Fall fearless into Love. Fall fearless into Love.

Chant by Darlene Franz

Following are wonderings, scripture texts, an image or two, and questions for reflection. In all these allow yourself to enter the story with and through Mary Magdalene, or others, as you are led. You may want to journal, draw or share your experience with another.

  • What if the “Servant Songs” of Isaiah are sung to Mary Magdalene and Jesus together?
  • What if Mary Magdalene remained as near to Jesus as possible from his arrest, through his torture and death, and to the tomb? What if she remained there, keeping vigil, through the Sabbath?

Isaiah 53:4, 5b

Surely THEY HAVE borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;

yet we accounted THEM stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.

By THEIR wounds we are healed.

Luke 23.44-54

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 

while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’

Having said this, he breathed his last. 

When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said,

‘Certainly this man was innocent.’

And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place,

they returned home, beating their breasts. 

But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,

INCLUDING MARY MAGDALENE, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph,

who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action.

He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea,

and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 

This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 

Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth,

and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 

It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.

Mark 15:47

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

View from the Cross by James Jacques Tissot
Detail

ENTERING THE SCENE

  • ENTER THIS SCENE AS MARY MAGDALENE.
  • WHAT DO YOU NOTICE?
  • HOW DO YOU FEEL?
  • WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PRAYING?
  • WHERE DO YOU NOTICE LOVE?
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