Today the Church celebrates St. Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus Christ. In every account of Jesus’ Passion and Death in the Gospels, St. Joseph is named. 

After Christ was crucified, Joseph, a member of the Jewish council, went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Once he received permission, Joseph had Jesus’ body laid in a tomb. 

The Gospels call Joseph a devout and just man who was waiting for the kingdom of God. He followed Jesus’ public ministry, but feared retaliation from other members of the Jewish council.