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.
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.”
among the fearsome shadows
toward the dawn
at its first awakening.
a blinding flame;
kissed the earth.
And the Light.
what love can do.
And do not be afraid.
Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,
Do not be afraid.