Scripture tells us that Joseph of Arimathea (a wealthy Jew and member of the Council) and Nicodemus (a Pharisee) were secret followers of Jesus. The Gospel of John, chapter 3, tells the story of Nicodemus coming to see Jesus in the dark of night to hear his teachings. Joseph of Arimathea claimed the body of Jesus after his death on the cross and arranged for him to be anointed and buried in his own tomb. Nicodemus also assisted in Jesus’ burial. They are the patron saints of undertakers. Their feast day is August 31.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life…whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” — John 3:16, 21
Questions for Reflection
Both Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus first hid their faith in Jesus because they were afraid of losing their worldly positions of power, but they were eventually graced with the courage to live their faith publicly. When have you experienced a change of heart that moved you to speak out through your faith or live your spirituality more authentically in the world?