April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday

Giving Up on Giving Death The Last Word

Let me begin with this: Matthew’s account of Easter morning is unique among the four gospels in one regard:  it includes an earthquake. Luke’s gospel includes a Sunday evening meal shared by Jesus and two disciples. John’s gospel includes Mary Magdalene who, incidentally gets a bad rap from those who say she was a prostitute. More likely, she was part of the tight circle of those surrounding Jesus who stayed with him to the end. Well, enough on that. But, for Matthew, Easter is an earthquake with doors shaken off their hinges, dead people out walking the streets, and a huge stone blown away from the tomb in a terrific seismic rumble.