Be the First to See

If you are a Simon of Cyrene, take up your cross and follow Christ.

If you are crucified beside him like one of the thieves, now, like the good thief, acknowledge your God...

If you are a Joseph of Arimathea, go to the one who ordered his crucifixion, and ask for Christ’s body...

If you are a Nicodemus, like the man who worshiped God by night, bring spices and prepare Christ’s body for burial.

If you are one of the Marys, or Salome, or Joanna, weep in the early morning.

Be the first to see the stone rolled back, and even the angels perhaps, and Jesus himself.

--St. Gregory Nazianzen

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