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51. The Burial of Our Lord

1. Our Lord was buried for good reasons: (a) to establishbeyond all question the fact of his death; Pilate made very sure ofthe fact of death before permitting the body to be taken from thecross and buried; (b) to make possible the glorious Resurrectionfrom the grave, and thus to give hope and promise to mankind of theglory in store for those that do Christ's will; (c) to indicatethat we should be spiritually buried with our Lord, and hidden safeaway from the rule of sin.

2. The body of our Lord was wrapped in burial bands,embalmed with a hundredweight of spices, and laid in a new gravewhich was hewn out of a rock. The burial was a work of reverenceand love; it honored the sacred body, and was praiseworthy in allwho took part in it. Such a burial put beyond all question anythought that Christ might not be truly dead.

3. There was in the perfect body of Christ no weaknessthat could result in decomposition or putrefaction, even afterdeath. And scripture says (Psalm 15:10): "Nor wilt thou sufferthy holy one to see corruption." There was, therefore, nodissolution of parts, no crumbling into elements, of the body ofChrist in the tomb.

4. St. Augustine (De Trin. iv) says thatthirty-six hours elapsed from the evening of our Lord's burialto the dawn of the Ressurec-tion. The sacred body was in the tombone day and two nights. As each part of a day was reckoned aday according to prevailing Jewish usage, we say that ourLord's body was in the tomb for three days.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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