Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015
“Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?
He is not here; he has risen…”
The women to whom these words were addressed were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; and the words were spoken by “…two men in brilliant clothes who suddenly appeared at their side.”
Not unnaturally they were terrified. When they told the disciples they refused to believe them – they had to see for themselves. They ran to the tomb and then, they, too, believed.
When one hears or reads the gospel today, be it Matthew’s, Mark’s, or, as in this case, Luke’s, the time-scale collapses and the centuries crumple. The event is old and new, years are meaningless.
The then is the now.
“This is the day which the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.”