So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
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In the musical Into the Woods, Little Red sings a song about the lessons she has learned on her journey. Grappling with the conflicting emotions evoked in moments of self-realization, she feels “excited! Well, excited and scared.”
Today’s Gospel highlights two women experiencing similar feelings in the face of discovery; they are “fearful yet overjoyed.” God empowers Mary Magdalene and the other Mary by revealing to them the Risen Christ, who sends them alone to spread the word to the apostles. In doing so, God gives the women a glimpse into God’s identity and, perhaps less obviously, a glimpse into their identity. These women, like us, are beloved disciples whose voices are needed to share the Good News. Exciting and scary. Yet Jesus assures us, “Do not be afraid.”
In this Easter season, amidst joy and fear, how can we use our authentic voices to spread the Gospel?
—Katie Davis is passionate about spirituality, social justice, and the arts. Hailing from the Philadelphia area, she studied musical theater at Catholic U., and then served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Houston and Chicago. Katie earned her M.Div. at Loyola Chicago and currently works as a Chaplain at St. Ignatius College Prep.
In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Saviour.
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well.
—Julian of Norwich