We are fortunate to have a priest that delivers the kind of message, which you find yourself mulling over and over Sunday evening and throughout the week. When you think you've exhausted the bible passage presented on a given Sunday, like today's, there' more. I have never heard anyone preach like, Fr. Peter. He is truly gifted. The seats should be "full to overflowing". I feel blessed to be there each and every Sunday. I owe him more than I could ever repay for what I have seen through his eyes and heart.
Today, on Myrrhbearing women Sunday, the homily focused on Transition, then and now with the players, Joseph and Pilot, Mary and the other women, Peter and the other apostles.
We are taken to a cave, the first cave being where Christ was born, and last, where He was placed for burial.
First, it is was about Eve, and how we originally fell from grace by a woman, then Mary, his mother, through whom grace was restored, and the roles that the other woman played, along with Pilot and Judas, (Knowingly or unknowingly).
Then we learned of "the courage" the myrrhbearing woman displayed in going to the burial place with spices, knowing the guards were posted, and that Jesus had been convicted and sentenced to death. While the men "cowardly" hid behind locked doors, in fear. Joseph, not an apostle, led the way by asking for the body of a non-relative, of the Governor, Pilot. By removing the body of the Lord from the tree, he expressed his "desire to know Him and was seeking" salvation, believing in Him. The woman, showed that they had an inability to understand that He had risen as He said, proving "a lack of faith" as they endeavoured to anoint His body.
Peter, who would die for Christ, was now sorrowful at his "denial of Him" three times, leaving no chance to reconcile with Him.
Yet, with all this, it is a new day. The news of the angel, telling the women to go and tell the disciples, "and Peter" that Christ is Risen, and that He would see them again, in Galilee. It indicated to Peter that he was forgiven, and that all things are "New." His relationship is renewed and, he is forgiven. This is the reason Jesus came into this world, restoration and reconciliation. That He may take us unto Himself.
It is left to you standing in front of the "open door," the stone was rolled away and no longer closed to us, to reveal the Risen Christ. What do you see? What role have you been given?
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