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6 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The empty tomb: The faithful By FATHER DONALD DILGER Columnist Gospel Commentary for April 12, 1998: Easter Sunday; Cycle C: Luke 24:1-12 Luke closed his version of the suffering, death, and burial of Jesus with a reference to the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee. Joseph of Arimathea had taken down Jesus' body from the cross, wrapped it in a linen shroud, and placed it in a tomb cut into the rocky hillside close to Calvary. Luke notes that these women of Galilee observed all of this because they intended to come back after the Sabbath and properly embalm the body of Jesus with spices and ointments they had prepared. Always careful to show that the early Christians were faithful Jews, Luke adds, "On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment." Our gospel reading opens on the first day of the week. The women return to the tomb with the spices and ointments. To their amazement, the huge round stone, which could be moved in a groove to cover the opening of the tomb, had been rolled back. They went in. No body! Very puzzled, they suddenly noticed two fnen in shining white clothing standing by them. The frightened worn# bowed with faces to the ground, a proper and standard biblical reac- tion to a heavenly apparition. The two men are not identified. Luke will bring them back at Jesus' ascension in Acts 1:10-11. Luke's pattern for the res- urrection story, the Gospel of Mark, depicts one young man in white at the empty tomb. Both authors may intend these apparitions t be angels, but it is also possible that Luke intends them to rep- resent Moses and Elijah who had already appeared with Jesus at his transfiguration. The transfiguration scene in the gospels was intended to be a preview of Jesus' resurrection. At that scene Moses and Elijah had discussed Jesus' "exodus" with him. Perhaps now they have returned to witness what they had then discussed. The two men address the women. They ask them why they seek the living (Jesus) among the dead. They remind them that Jesus had told them in Galilee, before he came to Jerusalem to die, that it was necessary that he be handed over into the power of wicked men, and be crucified, and rise on the third day. The "necessity" of these happenings Luke picks up from Mark's theology. Christian the- ologians of the primitive Church searched the Scrip- tures (Old Testament) and found passages which helped them to develop the theology of redemption. Giving new meaning to statements of the ancient prophets, they concluded that prophetic statements from a very different context in ancient Israel were really talking about Jesus and were "fulfilled" in him and by him. From this they concluded the "necessity" of what happened to Jesus. For them, these ancient statements foretold everything about Jesus. Therefore it had to happen. No escape! Luke has been following Mark's general outline of that first Easter morning, although he revised considerably the conversation with the heavenly beings. Now comes a major change. In the Gospel of Mark, after the young man in white addressed the women, they fled in trembling and astonishment, "and said nothing to anyone because they were afraid." With this strange ending Mark concludes his whole gospel. Now recall how Luke said in the preface to his gospel that he was going to do what others had attempted. In Luke they are no longer overcome with fear, trembling, astonishment, nor do they flee. Instead, the women remember Jesus' words spoken in Galilee prior to his death. They leave the tomb and report everything to the "Eleven," and all the rest. for concluding his gospel as read that endirlg and exploded How could the joy of Jesus' tained by anyone? Therefore exactly what the heavenly do. There is a reaction from the 11 regarded the report of the women words," which we would That, too, is a strange ending, strange as that of Mark. Some of Luke add that Peter ran to the linen cloths he found there, ing what had happened. The l dence indicates that this sentence influenced by the Gospel of J not cast Peter in a favorable finished with his [ ries subsequent to this Sunday's appear on that very Sunday returning home from their Jerusalem, then finally apF Common to all the gospels are the Galilean women, the beings and their message. Luke's to emphasize the necessity of Jesus' death in God's plan of redemption. Luke corrects the ending of Mark's the women, the only disciples ' finally fail him also by silent. In Luke they cannot do they report to the apostles, The joy of the resurrection c is why Luke's gospel begins with song. May our hearts sing on this Easter morning! Happy I ........ Readings: Acts 10:34a, or I Cor 5:6-8b; Luke 24:1-12 .............. 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