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And when the sabbath was past, Mary Mag'dalene, and
Mary the mother of James, and Salo'me, bought spices,
so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on
the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the
sun had risen. And they were saying to one another,
"Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of
the tomb?" And looking up, they way that the stone was
rolled back -- it was very large. And entering the tomb,
they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in
a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them,
"Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was
crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where
they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is
going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he
told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for
trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and
they said nothing
to anyone, for they were afraid.
Mark 16: 1-8
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
On Easter Day the veil between time
and eternity thins to gossamer.
Douglas Horton (1891-1968)
Congregational pastor, president of the
Federal Council of Churches
"Noli me tangere" (Do not touch me)
Coreggio (Antonio Allegri) (1494-1534)
But Mary (Mag'dalene) stood weeping outside
the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look
into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white,
sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at
the head and one at the feet. They said to her,
"Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to
them, "Because they have taken away my Lord,
and I do not know where they have laid. him."
Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus
standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom do you seek?" Supposing him to be the
gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried
him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I
will take him away. "Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned and said to him in the Hebrew,
"Rab-bo-ni!" (which means Teacher).
Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have
not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my
brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my
Father and your Father, to my God and your God."
Mary Mag'dalene went and said to the disciples,
"I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he
had said these things to her.
John 20: 11-18
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
Detail from "Last Judgment"
Cenni di Pepo Cimabue (c. 1240 - c. 1302)
Soft the voice of mercy sounded,
Sweet as music to the ear,
"Grace abounds where sin abounded;"
This the word that soothed our fear.
Grace, the sweetest sound we know,
Grace to sinners here below.
Grace, we sing, God's grace through Jesus;
Grace, the spring of peace to man;
Grace, that from each sorrow frees us;
Grace, too high for thought to scan;
Grace, the theme of God's own love;
Grace, the theme, all themes above.
Hymn 138 (T. Kelly)
From "Hymns for the Little Flock"
Bible Truth Publishers, 1881
The bells say: we have spoken for centuries from the
towers of great Churches. We have spoken to the saints
your fathers, in their land. We called them, as we call you,
to sanctity. What is the word with which we called them?
We did not merely say, "Be good, come to Church." We
did not merely say, "Keep the commandments" but above
all, "Christ is risen, Christ is risen!" And we said: "Come
with us, God is good, salvation is not hard, His love has
made it easy!" And this, our message, has always been for
everyone, for those who came and for those who did not
come, for our song is perfect as the Father in heaven is
perfect and we pour our charity out upon all.
Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude,"
by Thomas Merton
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999
And now the Last Word:
Give us a pure heart
that we may see thee,
A humble heart
that we may hear thee,
A heart of love
that we may serve thee,
A heart of faith
that we may love thee.
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)
Swedish diplomat, Secretary-General
of the United Nations
Random Bonus Quote:
Absolute attention is prayer.