But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they (the women) went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” (Lk 24: 1-11)

What a confusing day this was, when the women rushed about the city, in apparently futile attempts to be helpful. The spices they prepared prove useless, and the words they relate to the apostles fall on deaf ears. The women in this picture are in the middle of great news and great change, and yet they are powerless to “do” anything about it. They seek the living among the dead, - and among the deaf.

Today I am deeply consoled by this familiar picture of women appearing useless, and their words, their witness to change, falling on deaf ears among other followers of Christ. Because all the while, in this picture, there is One Who has already brought about the change of New Life, and He alone can “do” something about it. So let us not seek the living among the dead and the deaf, and trust in Him. “Arise, O God, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations.” (Ps 81/82: 8)

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