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Lectio > Matthew 28:1-10

March 16, 2008

 front_small.jpg     We are entering Holy Week. Good friday, the day we remember Christ’s brutal death is still before us. Easter Sunday is next… I have to prepare a talk for Easter Sunday so forgive me if I’m getting ahead of myself here. You may want to wait to read this post and this passage until Sunday if you are the strict liturgical type… another great way to be immersed in holy week is to come to Via Cruscis immersion.  I saw the initial set up yesterday and it is going to be a rich experience.  
Women. Women take center stage with Jesus and angels in this passage. Two Mary’s visit the tomb, despondent preparing to pay their respects to the One they thought was “The One,” the long expected messiah and a close companion of theirs. All their hopes (and i mean in that in the most eternal and political way) were pinned on him. He did so much good. He made so many promises. Now he is dead and gone. And their hopes were dashed. Their dream of a hear-and-now political leader to free them from Roman oppression, poverty, and disgrace are dashed. But this is the dawn of a new week and they are soon going to find out that this day will signal the dawn of a whole new age, a new era in history, a turning point in time that will alter everything that came before and came after. And they are the first to know! Two women, not even considered credible witnesses in this time and culture are to be the first witnesses and the first missionaries declaring a new day, a new week, a new epoch. These women are the apostles to the apostles, the ones to tell Jesus closest friends and students that he is alive…  that an enemy even greater than Rome has been conquered: Death has been faced and defeated. Death is not the last word after all… +++ Lord, you are the master of death not its servant. For all those of us who grieve deaths, and there is much to grieve, let us remember and experience the truth of that day: death is not the end, death is not our master, death has no power over you and you have planted within us the seed of immortality. Teach me to live from that reality and not be fooled by the smoke and mirrors of our conquered enemy death…. we grieve but not as those who have no hope. Teach us to live, really live, abundantly live, fearless in the face of this conquered enemy. Amen”  

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2008 12:33 am

    indeed death will not have the last word! we are immortals, living an eternal life now. we would do well to remember the lessons of easter all year long. thanks for sharing with us.

  2. March 19, 2008 12:23 am

    jesus was thee rockstar

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