Like the women at the tomb, the church is so often equipped only to bury and embalm those whom the oppressive system we live in has murdered. Oh, legal murders indeed. Ask any of our noodle-spined politicians, who vote to supply such massive amounts to our army, and detention centres, ask them ‘Who will roll away this stone?’
The Church is good at burials, and it can service the funerals of the young as gladly as the funerals of us oldies. "Onward, Christian soldiers," it loves to twaddle.
The next thing the dazzling messengers have to say at the edge of the tomb: "Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee with you that there would be betrayal, there would be a judicial murder, there would be a resurrection.” Well, we don't want to hear it. We have had trouble for two millenia with those words: "Remember a resurrection is coming." We are not prepared for it now, any more than the women at the tomb, and prefer New Age Spirituality, and airy fairy nonsense.
Luke tells us that the women who had brought the embalming fluid fled the tomb to tell their friends, to tell the men and boys. For Luke tells us it was after this experience that the women remembered His Words.
And then they went to the eleven and to all the rest and preached the gospel. The weakest, least powerful among the church had to inform the hierarchy. The simplest, poorest, most disenfranchised, least respected, came to tell the Pope and all the clergy the facts of LIFE.
So now, look for the living Christ. Live life as vibrantly as you can with your family and friends and remember that you will always find the living Christ amongst the poorest, the weakest, the ignored. He goes ahead of you - there you will find him, even as he told you.
Live today, enjoy today - it is about life - and you will have a very holy Easter.