Easter , first week

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In looking back at the accounts of Jesus resurrection that is Easter, one of the meanings of Easter is to acknowledge and celebrate this resurrection of Jesus Christ which is the central teaching of Christianity. Aside from looking at this event that took place though, perhaps it would be misfortunate if how the revelation of Jesus resurrection takes place. Who is it that witnesses the event, how do they come to proclaim Christ risen from the dead, and how do they proclaim it. Also, at looking at this event as a specific event is the pilgrimage of Christians; where would this event fall in the Old Testament accounts of God’s revelation to the Hebrews? Readings of the week mention that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary are the first to witness Jesus’s resurrection. Antiphons of this first week of Easter highlight the importance of these women as being the first witnesses.Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were the first to see the resurrection  they also are the last to see Christ alive on the cross. It was these women that stayed with our Lord at the base of that cross. Being women in that society, their testimony would have meant nothing. A woman’s testimony would require a man to validate it; such was that society. How different this revelation of Easter is from an authority proclaiming Christ risen from the dead. It is not a statement that is followed, but is an observation that is validated through successive observations. Jesus is revealed to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem. A road points to a destination, and Jesus does not choose to reveal himself in Jerusalem which is the city of the Temple. He reveals himself on a road leading to a small village away from that temple. It is seven miles away and in biblical language the number seven usually describes something heavenly.Perhaps a journey to a new promised land? Finally Jesus reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Breaking of the bread certainly describes the Eucharist;  it also describes food that fed the five thousand, and the last supper. Jesus is the bread of Life, the manna from heaven. The manna from heaven is the food that God fed the chosen people with on their journey across the desert. Perhaps the road to Emmaus is one small segment on that Journey. Here though they are not led by a leader such as Moses, and they are not following God as a cloud or pillar of fire. On this journey Jesus walks right beside them. Where would the analogy of the resurrection be in comparison to the Old Testament.One thought might be that the rolling away of the stone at that tomb is a Christian event analogous to the Hebrews crossing the Red sea, and Jesus’s revealing himself to his disciples can be likened to God’s revelation to the Hebrews on their forty year journey. In both instances it takes time to make sense of all that happens, and during that time there are doubts and questions. To witness Gods revelation though requires taking that leap of faith, partaking in the journey, and seeking out what God plans to reveal to you.Easter is a revelation. It was then, and still is now.

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