At St. Sebastian Church, Akron, OH, where I frequently go to hear confessions, a “model tomb” has been set up for Holy Week and Easter. It’s made of styrofoam and plants, but as they say, it’s really made of love. As we enter the Holy Three Days commemorating the Last Supper, Passion-Death-Burial and Glorious Resurrection of Jesus, once again we are amazed at God’s mercy and love for us sinners who overlook the obvious divine patterns in life and history.
The tomb of Jesus was (except for a very short time) meant to be empty, and remains so; for we know death has no hold over Him, or us, if we follow Him in life and death. Why dig or build a tomb if it’s meant to be empty? You’ll have to personally ask Jesus that question, and meditate the answer during the next few days and into the Glorious Easter Season. One thing I will say: it’s an accurate model regarding what it will not contain within the next few days. God bless!
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Wow! That is an amazing creation! Thanks to you, Father, and to Terry, for bringing this discussion to light in such a real, visual manner. God bless us, everyone!
The Empty Tomb
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb. In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from the tomb could be explained otherwise. Nonetheless the empty tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples was the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection. This was the case, first with the holy women, and then with Peter.
The disciple “whom Jesus loved” affirmed that when he entered the empty tomb and discovered “the linen cloths lying there”, “he saw and believed”. This suggests that he realized from the empty tomb’s condition that the absence of Jesus’ body could not have been of human doing and that Jesus had not simply returned to earthly life as had been the case with Lazarus.