Very early on Sunday morning the women came to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside. So they went in, but they couldn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were puzzled, trying to think what could have happened to it. Suddenly two men appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again the third day?”

Women at the Tomb by Duccio

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back to tell his eleven disciples–and everyone else–what had happened. The women who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others. They told the apostles what had happened, but the story sounded like nonsense, so they didn’t believe it.

Luke 24:1-11

Holy Women near the Tomb by Denis

I came without hope and you give me me hope. I arrived without peace and you give me peace. May I forever keep in mind that first morning when I realized you are alive. Because you are alive, I too shall live.

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