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Encounter the Risen Christ on Easter

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

-Luke 24:10-11 (ESV)

The women came to the tomb, but they didn’t find the body in the tomb. Instead, they were told by angels that Christ had risen. The women reported this to men. And what’s written? What did you hear? These things seemed in their eyes like an idle tale. How very unhappy is the human condition! When Eve related what the serpent had said, she was listened to straightaway. A lying woman was believed, and so we all died. But [the disciples] didn’t believe women telling the truth so that we might live. If women are not to be trusted, why did Adam trust Eve? If women are to be trusted, why did the disciples not trust the holy women? So in this fact we have to reflect on the goodness of the Lord’s arrangements, because this, of course, was the doing of the Lord Jesus Christ that it should be the female sex which would be the first to report that he had risen again. -St. Augustine

The Collect of the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by your life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 118:14-17, 22-24

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, *

and has become my salvation.

15 The voice of joy and deliverance is in the dwellings of the righteous; *

the right hand of the Lord brings mighty things to pass.

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted; *

the right hand of the Lord brings mighty things to pass.

17 I shall not die, but live, *

and declare the works of the Lord.

22 The same stone which the builders refused *

has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing, *

and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; *

we will rejoice and be glad in it.



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