August 31, 2011

Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus ~ Jewish Religious Leaders Who Believed in Jesus

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
in the 13th and 14th Stations of the Cross 

Both Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were Jewish religious leaders during the life of Christ.  Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sanhedrin Council and Nicodemus was “a Pharisee” and a “ruler of the Jews” (probably also of the Sanhedrin Council).
Despite being members of a group that vigorously opposed the influence of Jesus, these two men became somewhat secret followers.  But, at the time of Christ’s death, these two men set their fears aside.  Joseph requested from Pilate the body of Jesus and then took Him down from the cross.  Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus together, put our Lord's body in a tomb.
These two men are great saints for those who live in fear of doing the right thing.  Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus would surely be happy to pray for people who feel anxious about outwardly allowing their Christianity to show.
The Feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea used to be on St. Patrick’s Day – March 19.
Now, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus share August 31 as a Feast Day.

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