As we go into Holy Week – from Bach’s St Matthew Passion the bass aria Mache dich mein Herze rein. It comes after the crucifixion, and is about the burial of the dead body of Jesus.
Mache dich, mein Herze, rein,
Ich will Jesum selbst begraben.
Denn er soll nunmehr in mir
Für und für
Seine süße Ruhe haben.
Welt, geh aus, laß Jesum ein!
I would translate that as follows:
Purify thyself O my heart,
I will bury Jesus within myself.
For he shall henceforth in me
For ever and ever
Find sweet rest.
World! Get out! – Let Jesus in!
Offering rest and harbor to Jesus in one’s own heart . . . protecting and enfolding him in one’s own being . . . a movement of love.
And the miracle is that the Christ to whom one opens in compassion and tenderness arises as Lord, bursts open the death chamber within, makes all things new. What a seed to sow in one’s heart. Those who embrace in their hearts the death of Jesus become host to eternal life.