Capsule for the Day
When the worst had been done, He was taken down from the Cross and placed in the lap of His Mother. What a horrible experience to receive the dead body of the One She loved? As a Mother, She couldn't save Him from death. She was powerless. She saw Him being tortured and killed.
What a shame! She couldn't save Her Son. And how frustrating it might have been for Her to witness all Her Son went through. She could hear the gossip of other mothers; She could read the body language of the passersby; Her Son who had cheering followers, had now a jeering mob.
She received the Body... the God forsaken Body... the cursed Body... typical of Her, She pondered all this in silence... no sound, no word. But the silence spoke. It told the story of evil... how evil breaks the whole and shatters the parts; and how it leaves us bleeding with no hope of healing.
Fr. Francis Afu