St. Joseph of Arimathea was a 1st century saint who is most known for being the disciple of Jesus who buried him in his own tomb. He was a stern follower of Jesus Christ, and despite being a wealthy Israelite, he was known as a good and just man who was seeking the kingdom of God. Though he was a high priest and a member of the Sanhedrin, he did not adhere to the condemnation of Jesus and was most likely not present from the meeting that sentenced Jesus to death. Joseph was deeply troubled by the Crucifixion of his Master and decided that he should do his part by providing the burial place for Christ’s body. His faith and love for Jesus Christ was so deeply rooted that he became unmindful of the dangers and gained the courage to boldly ask Pilate the permission to bury Jesus’ body. Many biblical historians believe that Joseph fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would be buried in the grave of a rich man. His feast day is celebrated on August 31 as the patron saint of undertakers, morticians, and funeral directors.
Dear Lord Jesus, we pray for the intercession and guidance of Saint Joseph of Arimathea, that we will see clearly as he did and not be spiritually blind as so many of his brethren were. Amen.