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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Commentary-- The empty tomb: Astonishment and confusion !!1 ,;! eomme, tar for _____ two men in dazzling clothes (Hawai- group. In our oldest gospel, the Gospel Mark, the '995, EasterSunaa - ___ -- ian, perhaps?). It should be obvious women get a message from the young man at the ! t Lule 24:1  12 mY'  to almost any intelligent person tomb. The message that Jesus has risen and they four |    that not all these people can be were to report that to Peter and the disciples. _ gospels all speak of a |  ,  writing a historical or biographical What is their reaction? "They fled from the a group of women com- | :  k  account. They are writing theology, tomb, trembling and astonished. And they said noth- rab of Jesus and find. ] :_  They attempt to give to their read-_ ing to anyone, because they were afraid." When Luke ;Y. Most of us have a ] , :  era the meaning of Jesus life, death read this he must have noted that this sure is a pe- leral idea of that Easter ]  IV  and resurrection, culiar way to end a gospel. So he contradicted Mark. putting together the |   Today we are interested in Luke writes instead: "Returning from the tomb they our four gospels |  g.  Luke's story of that resurrection told all this to the eleven and to everybody else." Re- hat is enerallv un .|  m._ / morning Who are the two men  We g _ - . member that Luke told his readers in his preface our gosnels ao, | By FATHER should think of them not as histori- is erupt;. er  / DONDILsGER / cal men but as theological men, that where others only attempted, he was going to write "an orderly narrative." Then Luke, generally ahead time in his attitude toward women, r own way, some-  symbolic men. At the transfigura- of his ng each tion there were two men standing gives a slap in the face to the apostles: "These words and Luke the to the tomb with spices used to em- Something that had to be left un- burial for various reasons. In come to see the tomb, but no In John Jesus' body was pre- Joseph of Arimathea with an only for a king. Only Mary to check out the tomb. and Luke the women notice the stone from the entrance to the tomb. also notices that the d. Matthew, always the throws in another earth- to be caused by an angel rolling the tomb. Matthew describes how the guards at the tomb passed men." Mark has only a young man sitting by the tomb. In John there around the first time Mary Magde- TWO angels were sitting there even have two angels. They are with Jesus. There Luke identifies them as Moses and Elijah. Luke is the only one of our evangelists who describes Jesus ascending into heaven. There, too, we find two men present, this time in white robes. It is probable that Luke in- tended the two men to be Moses and Elijah in all three instances. Why? Moses stands for the Torah (Law of Moses) Eliajh symbolizes all the prophets. In Luke's view of things, both the Torah and the prophets spoke of Jesus and of all that would hap- pen to him. As Luke will write later: "Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Thus Moses and Elijah as witnesses to the transfiguration, the resurrection, and the as- cension of Jesus see fulfilled what they had so long ago talked about, at least according to Luke's theol- ogy. Now the women. Luke even names them. They are Mary Magdalene first as in all four gospels. The others are Joanna, Mary mother of James, and "the other women." Sounds like a considerable seemed to them to be crazy talk and they didn't be- lieve them." Peter runs to the tomb, looks in, and re- turns wondering what's going on. What are we to take from this theological story to feed our faith? Luke portrays these people just like ourselves. We have a little bit of faith some- times, at least in a crisis. Other times we are con- fused, doubt, and even deny. Even the apostles, Luke says, were like that. The resurrection of Jesus was just too much for them. Is it too much for us? Luke adds three appearances of Jesus to disciples and apostles. Finally he describes them as joyful and praising God "continually in the temple." May their ultimate conviction, faith and life of witness con- vince us, too, of the reality of Jesus' resurrection and our own. For this reason we gather on this Sunday to celebrate "with great joy, continually in the tem- ple praising God." Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4. R & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274  Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. 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