Matthew 28:1-10 NRSVue
1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Holy Saturday is a day of waiting for what is to come (whatever that may be). The emptiness in our hearts left by the death of a loved one is mirrored by the emptiness of the tomb. Not only do we no longer have a living Jesus, we do not even have his dead body. It is the women disciples who first hear the news that Jesus is risen. But this only throws them into greater confusion as they cannot understand what it might mean, and the apostles think their whole story is "an idle tale".
Yet Peter, impulsive as ever, and still feeling overwhelmed by guilt because of his denial of Jesus, runs to the tomb to check out the story. He too finds it empty. What does that empty tomb say to you?
It cannot but impress us that the gospels, which provide such a detailed account of the Passion do not contain one single word describing the Resurrection. We only read of the women going to the tomb and finding it empty. They are told that Jesus is not there, for he is risen. You will meet him in Galilee, in the land of your ordinary life. I pray to be able to find him in my life, for he is already there.
The women left to tell the disciples and on their way they met Jesus, the Risen One. He tells them, Be not afraid, and they fall at his feet to worship him. I imagine myself meeting the Risen Jesus, hearing his words of comfort. I worship him.