The Day After Easter

In my tradition, after a big day we get to read all about it a second time. For example, after Easter Day, which has a good deal to say about the resurrection of Jesus, we read the accounts again on Monday. Say, what do you think of these two:

Luke 24:1-11

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

Mark  16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

So did the women say anything or not? Did the disciples get to show, yet again, what a priceless collection of dolts they really were, or did the women withhold that opportunity?

Both stories are true, You want to know why? Because Luke records the sorry truth of how those stupid men thought, behavior that You evidently found acceptable, and I will never forgive You for it, and Your church has been poisoned and distorted by their attitude ever since. Mark’s account is true because anyone with any sense would be overcome, but the evangelist misunderstood what he heard. Yes, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome are overcome for a while, but then they collect themselves. They ask each other, “Should we tell the guys?”

One of them says, “We tell Peter and them, they won’t believe us. The only man who ever recognized me and loved me is dead, and now those fools are in charge of his movement. They’ll disrespect me and I’ll have to face who they are and I can’t do that today. It’s too hard.” The others nod.

That is why they said nothing. That is the decision women make over and over and over again in Your church.

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