Easter Morning

The experience of that first Easter was unlike anything that has ever happened before or since.

The Scripture

Matthew 28:1-10
as told by Deborah

After the Sabbath, early that first morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And all at once there was a huge earthquake as an angel descended from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat down on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing radiantly white. In terror the guards shook and became like dead men.

But the angel spoke to the women, “Don’t be afraid; You’re looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here; he has been raised, as he said. Here, you can see the place where he lay…. Now hurry and tell the disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead and is heading to Galilee; that’s where you’ll see him.’ This is my message for you.”

So they ran away from the tomb in astonishment and delight, to let the others know.

Then, all at once, Jesus was standing before them: “Good Morning!” They rushed over to him, and fell at his feet, in joyful adoration.

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid; go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Photo of a flower

  Reflection  by Deborah Beach Giordano
April 20, 2014

Easter Morning

Shadows
in the gray mist
insignificant
unseen
by the soldiers
stiff from the cold
night’s watch
yawning
in the daybreak
waiting;

Women
slouching toward
the tomb
seeking
solace,
hearts aflame
hoping
praying,
awaiting
the daybreak.

Lightning
striking suddenly
blinding the guards
showering sparks
dry grass
ignites,
flames
leap
joyfully
skyward.

Earthquake
smoke
confusion
heavenly light
the voice
of thunder;
a stone
rolls away —
the foundations
are shaken.

World-altering
life changing
astonishing
glorious
terrifying
knowledge,
a holy message
divine reassurance:
all is well,
do not be afraid.

Jesus the Christ
appearing
radiant
whole
warm
real
restored
alive;
Risen —
just as he said.

Women
rushing away
from the tomb,
answering
their call,
bearing the Gospel,
carrying good news
of great joy:
We have seen
the Lord!

Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,

Deborah

Suggested Spiritual Exercise

Rejoice!