This is Our Story
Our three-year Lectionary rotates the
accounts of Jesus’ resurrection in the gospel lessons assigned to
Easter/Easter Week. In Matthew, “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary”
entered the tomb because an angel employed an earthquake to roll away
the stone. The angel petrified the guards and spoke with the women.
Jesus later hailed and encouraged them to inform His disciples. In
Mark’s simpler narrative, Jesus “appeared first” to Mary Magdalene who
told his unbelieving disciples. In Luke, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary,
and “other” women found an empty tomb and two angels who reminded them
of Jesus’ foretelling his death and resurrection. The women informed
the unbelieving apostles. In John, Mary Magdalene described to Peter
and John the empty tomb. After running there, John and Peter entered
the tomb discovering the collapsed burial cloths and the napkin formerly
on Jesus’ head rolled up in a place by itself. A weeping Mary peered
into the tomb and saw two angels who inquired of her sorrow. After
explaining, she turned around to confront Jesus whom she thought was a
gardener. She implored the “gardener” to tell her the location of
Jesus‘ body. When Jesus said, “Mary”, she recognized Him.
~Dr. Gil Haas, Saint Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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