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Holy Week reflection: Canon Ian Ellis - A quiet sadness followed by Easter joy

"So, Joseph bought a linen cloth, took the body down, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb cut out of the rock.

"He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where he was buried" (Mark 15:46-47).

ANY bereavement leaves you numb. The bereavement the disciples felt must have been like none other. Jesus was the last best hope they had, and he was dead.

One brave man, Joseph of Arimathea, takes Jesus' body and sees to its burial, observed by the two Marys. The whole scene has a quiet sadness.

Today, Holy Saturday 2021, has that quiet sad sense for many across our world. Coronavirus has left its scars of sorrow and loss.

But remember, in the deepest darkness on that Easter Eve everything changed, a great shift occurred so that all creation knew that God brings life from death.

Perhaps the darkness, with the hope of dawning light, is the place to prepare for a new stage of life just about to come.

Rev Canon Ian Ellis

Rector of Rossorry Parish and Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Clogher

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