Day 118

“It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened.” (Luke 24:10)

I can’t say for certain, but I’m pretty sure that Luke is the only Gospel writer who mentions this many women who went to the tomb of Jesus. I know the two Marys are mentioned in the other Gospels, but there is a whole group of women here.

This is the account of that Sunday morning. The tomb is empty, the stone has been rolled away. The angels tell the women that Jesus is not there. They run back to tell the other apostles.

So what are the men folk up to this morning? Probably asleep, of wondering where their breakfast is? Or, more likely, grief-stricken and numb. Jesus has gone. Crucified and buried. It’s easy to imagine their disbelief at the women’s words.

But they should have had more faith.

I don’t see this as a simple “women are right and men are wrong” statement. It’s all about faith. Seeing is believing, isn’t it? The women had seen the empty tomb. The men had not. Later in this chapter, Peter runs to the empty tomb to see for himself.

But happy are those who believe but have not seen…

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