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17, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Commentary 11 lfiOSpel Comme, ntary for Sunday, April 19, ug2, Easier Sunday: Cycle C: Luke 24:1-12 ,one h.s a geno, ral idea about the gospel of the. ro.surrectioll of lc,,sus, while being laWare, thal there are l'()ur very difleren! l)re, - of th(; resurr(;t:tion. Our four gospels that tm the first day of the week, vv]l(;n loyal xv(m.:Jl lriwds visited the tomb. it empty. Beyond this there is not a lt of agreement. Tiffs indicate, s that at time wtloll the; gospels were written there ./Ilany traditions abotll the first Easier rag. Besides the resurrection traditions in the four gospels there are still others ad in the writings of Paul and in gospels not Uded in the New Testament. we are concerned with Luke's version resurrection. We can hardly doubt that before him the Gospel of Mark when his own resurrection story. He saw the for some changes and additions. It is these differences that we can determine extent what Luke taught his community his resurrection story. Let's examine of these differences. Mark the women enter the tomb and find young man dressed in a white robe. In find two men in dazzling robes. We if Luke might be thinking of Moses and at the transfiguration in Luke con- with Jesus about his "exodus" in In Luke's Acts of Apostles we are "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 The resurrection according to Luke: The women and the empty tomb told once more of two men in white robes pre- sent at tilt; ascension of Jesus. [-towever, in Luke 24:23 he refers to thesti witnesses as "angels," ])erhal)S better translated as "mc'ssengers." Ill Mark the women are told to "go tell his dis- (:iples and Peter that he, is going before you into (;alilc'e," where they would set; him its pr()mised. Not so in luke. Everything following the dealh of Jesus has to happen in and around the city of Jerusalem. l,uke says nolhing of an at)l)earance in (;alil0e. Jerusalem is tim center from which the Good News must go out. In Luke's theology the gospel goes out from Jerusalem and ends in Rome. The Gospel of Mark ends with these words: "And the women went out and fled from the tomb. Trembling and astonishment had over- come them. And they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid." A strange ending indeed! There are no resurrection appearances whatsover in Mark. A later editor of the Gospel assembled a longer ending for Mark, an ending that seems for the most part to be made up of the endings of the other three gospels. The abrupt ending of Mark does not fit Luke's needs of proclamation. Instead of the women saying nothing to anyone because of fright Luke writes: "And returning from the tomb they told all this to the Eleven and to all the rest." Quite a difference! Mark had his reasons for ending as he did. We shall not go into those reasons here. Like ourselves Luke might have asked: "How was the Good News to be proclaimed if the NOW HIRING women who first received it said nothing to anyooe?" Luke now adcts an interesting point. Wherl the women kept telling the apostles about what they bad witnessed, the apostles considere, d it liOn- sense and did not believe them. ()ul of curiosity Pc'ter ran to the, tomb, looked in, saw the linen shroud, and went lmmc  wondering tit what had happened. There is no faith on the part of any of the, m, only disbelief. This is as far its our gospel reading goes ior this Sunday. Luke's story con- tinues with some appearances of Jesus. In these appearances be also notes the difficulty the dis- ciples bad with belief in the risen Jesus. None of our gospels claim that anyone saw the resurrection, only that some saw Jesus after the discovery of the empty tomb. The resurrec- tion of Jesus remains a matter of faith alone. This does not mean that we ignore our intellect. Something happened that changed timid disci- ples into faithfilled, fearless proclaimers of the risen Jesus. Those who first thought that the story the women told was nonsense later be- came witnesses to the risen Jesus, witnesses willing to die for what they believed. Our intel- lect understands that such witness merits belief in the resu.rrection. The grace of God, faith, now enters us and we proclaim with those who moved from disbelief to doubt to faith: "The Lord has risen indeed." Other readings for Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34, 37-43: Colossians 3:1-4 or I Corinthians 5:6-8. Indiana Citizens for Life seeks bright, energetic people for its Telemarketing Department on Evansville's East Side. Pick your own work schedule (M - Th. 5 p.m. -- 9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Starts at $4.25 per hour plus bonuses. 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