Believing the women

[cw: Christianity]

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.

Luke 24:1-11

Remember that.  It was women who first saw the empty tomb.  It was women the angels told “he has risen.”  It was women who brought the news.  It was women, not the male disciples who are more well-known.  And despite the fact that they had witnessed many strange and impossible things themselves, the men didn’t believe them.

Believing in the resurrection begins with believing the women.

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3 responses to “Believing the women

  • Arrela

    Happy easter! :)

    (Also yes. Yes.)

  • doubleinvert

    And the people said, “AMEN!”

    This is the very argument I use whenever I hear someone say that women shouldn’t be ordained, that Jesus had called men to be his official disciples. And it was those men who were in hiding until the women, who had the courage to be known as followers of Jesus, had been to the empty tomb and reported back to those in hiding.

    It’s also one of the main reasons that my ordained Wiccan priest name is Antinoë Magdalene: Mary Magdalene, to me, is one of if not the greatest of the disciples.

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