Last night, I took part in the Easter Vigil Mass at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. I was blessed to serve as a Godfather and sponsor for an adult entering the Church.
The Easter Vigil can include up to nine scripture readings (as well as many Psalms) that survey some of salvation history. Last night's Gospel passage was the Easter morning account from Luke Chapter 24.
It's another passage in which we see strong women taking the lead:
At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.
They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”
And they remembered his words.
Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others.
The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them.
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.
For excellent Easter homilies, visit A Concord Pastor and Deacon Greg.
Flashbacks: Easter Sundays 2009 and 2008.
The clip above is by Godzdogz.