Apr 16, 2017
By: The Reverend Andria Skornik
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb that first Easter, they went looking for the resurrection Jesus had promised. The first words they heard from the angel at the tomb were "Do not be afraid." Jesus said these same words to them when they met Him on the way to the disciples, "Do not be afraid." These were the words they would need to remember as they faced the time to come when Jesus would no longer be with them on earth, as they faced the disbelief of others, as they went out to spread His Word. The Risen Christ comes to show us the freedom of resurrection life; freedom from death, from sin, from all the things that keep us from living abundantly, that we can release our fears and attend to the life God wants for us here and now.
The Scripture references are Jeremiah 31:1-6 and Acts 10:34-43. The Gospel reference is Matthew 28:1-10.