Besieged by that strange mixture of fatigue and adrenaline that often occurs during periods of grief, Jesus’ mother Mary, Joanna, James and Joseph’s mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene, wake before dawn to prepare the spices and herbs to care for Jesus’ dead body.
As the women walk to the tomb, the sky begins to lighten over their heads. Each one carries memories of Jesus’ teaching, of their shared ministry, and of joyful feasts shared with friends and strangers alike. Now, none of them can imagine a time when their heart will stop breaking, let alone be put back together.
When they arrive at the tomb to their shock Jesus is not there. Two men in gleaming clothing appear to remind them, “Remember what Jesus told you? He isn’t here. He is risen.”
In the blink of an eye, their beloved Jesus has become the resurrected Christ. Their own lives, which were shattered on the way to the tomb, are also transformed into something new.
The Joyful Feast, like the women on the way to Jesus’ tomb, have been travelling through Lent sharing stories about Jesus’ teaching, our shared ministry, and joyful feasts. If you find your heart is broken, if you find your life torn apart—be assured, Jesus is not in the tomb, he is risen. And because of this, in the blink of an eye, you and I can be made new, too. Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
“Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They didn’t know what to make of this. Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing. The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered his words. When they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. Their words struck the apostles as nonsense, and they didn’t believe the women. But Peter ran to the tomb. When he bent over to look inside, he saw only the linen cloth. Then he returned home, wondering what had happened.” (Luke 24:1-12)
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