Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Matthew 28:1-10 Commentary
by Holly Hearon
When I was a child, I expected to wake up on Easter morning to find a basket, mysteriously delivered by a rabbit, filled with chocolate eggs waiting for me.
I also expected to wear a hat and white gloves to church, to sing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” and to be joined by my grandmother for dinner. It was these expectations and the anticipation they elicited that, in part, made it a special day.
We tend to assume that when the women came to the tomb, they were completely unprepared for what they encountered. But this isn’t the way Matthew tells the story. In fact, Matthew takes great pains to suggest that the women are waiting and watching with a sense of anticipation. The surprise may be for us: that all of a sudden we have been invited to follow these women from the cross to the tomb -- women who, up until a few verses earlier, have been both silent and unseen.
When the women are first introduced in Matthew 28:55 we learn that they have followed Jesus from Galilee and have “provided” for him. The word “provide” (Greek: diakonei) reveals a good deal about these women. After Jesus has been tempted ...
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Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for April 5, 2015: Matthew 28:1-10 (Accompanying text: Psalm 118:19-24.