For Easter Sunday 2018

Piero della Francesca: Resurrection
Piero della Francesca: Resurrection

‘In the early morning,’ ‘before the sun had risen,’ ‘while it was still dark’: these phrases capture something of the mystery of the Resurrection. In the half-light only the eyes of faith see clearly. Is it any wonder, then, that St Mary Magdalene is the ‘apostle to the apostles’, that, through eyes washed clean with tears, she saw the Lord? Throughout Holy Week our attention has been focused on the terrible duel between good and evil and on those who surround Jesus with menace or sheer misunderstanding: Judas, Caiphas, Pilate, Peter. It has been a very male business, but now the women edge into the picture. They stood by the Cross, they anointed Jesus’ dead body and now they proclaim the Resurrection. Peter’s momentary failure will be forgiven; the disciples will be transformed by the gift of the Holy Spirit; and all our own sin and failure will be swallowed up by the empty tomb. Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!

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5 thoughts on “For Easter Sunday 2018”

  1. Many people are unaware that to stand by a crucifixion in Roman times was a very brave thing to do. Usually the soldiers assumed you were also guilty of crime by association. Another example of the bravery of women.

  2. Alleluia! Alleluia! We seem to need our eyes to be ‘washed clean with tears’.. before we can join in, from the depth of our beings, the glorious Heavenly Alleluia. Alleluia.!

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