That First Morning

What brought those women to the tomb where the body of Jesus had been placed? Faith? Hope? Grief? Yearning? Whatever else, it certainly took courage for them to go where the other disciples feared to tread.

The Scripture

Matthew 28:1-10
interpreted by Deborah

As the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb.

Suddenly there was a huge earthquake as an angel, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat down on it. He appeared like lightning, in radiant splendor. The guards shook with terror and fainted dead away.

And the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, because he has been raised, as he said. “Come and see the place where he was lying and then go to the disciples and tell them, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and is going ahead of you to Galilee; you’ll see him there.’ This is my message for you.”

So they rushed from the tomb to tell the disciples, frightened and delighted and confused.

And then — can you believe it? — there was Jesus! “Rejoice!” he said to them, and they ran to him and fell at his feet, sobbing and grateful and filled with awe and wonder.

Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee, and they’ll see me there.”

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Easter Reflection by Deborah Beach Giordano
April 16, 2017

The Women at the Tomb

Silently,
stealthily,
among the fearsome shadows
trembling;
the night
as cold
as death.

Drawn forth
toward the dawn
at its first awakening.

A flash,
a flare,
a blinding flame;
the sun
kissed the earth.

Blinking,
stumbling,
earth shaking,
stones shifting,
soldiers fainting
thunderstruck.

The tomb
sorrow-full,
now empty,
a womb
having birthed
Adam, anew.

Midwives
taken unaware,
hearts pounding
uncomprehending,
fear
and
joy
and
hope
and
yearning.

And the Light.

Touch
and taste
and see
and know
what love can do.

And do not be afraid.

Easter Morning

Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,

Deborah 

Suggested Spiritual Exercise

Do not be afraid.