Monday after Easter


Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,

The readings of what happened after the Resurrection is interesting in how it is told by the people mentioned in the readings. In the first Peter speaks “in a raised voice”  about what had happened to Christ, what had been done to him, and that he has been raised from the dead.The chief priests address the guards and say “You are to say,‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ The women on the other hand approached Jesus, embraced his feet, and did him homage. They did not make a loud proclamation and they did not demand that a specific version of the occurrence be given. They gave no judgement, or sentence, or even endorsement. They simply embraced his feet and gave homage. In embracing his feet they at the same time embraced where he walked, and what he stood for. These women had no authority in a patriarchy to give a proclamation as Peter did, even though through their action they wholeheartedly agreed with that fisherman . They lacked the position of authority to demand a story be told in a particular way as the chief priest did. The only option they had in life was to embrace Christ and give him homage. Perhaps that is why Christ first revealed himself to these women. It was their hearts that were open to receive him without bias, or authority.Their reception of the risen Christ was with an open and contrite heart.

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