[Our funeral colleagues in the UK continue to delight me with their sensitivity, insight, and intelligence. I picked this up off Charles Cowling's "Good Funeral Guide" blog -- AFM ed]
I'm afraid I slipped into a daydream in church on Easter morn yesterday. It started by wondering how different the story might have been if the Jerusalem of 2,000 years ago was like the London Borough of Bromley today.
The idea that Joseph of Arimathea could have got a quick verbal consent from the head of the local authority to take possession of Jesus's body would be ridiculous; he'd never have got the paperwork organised in time. Mary Magdalen would have been so tied up with the bereavement services she'd never have got back to the tomb before dawn. And that's before having to explain to the bureaucrats that the tomb turned out to be empty.