Thought for the Day: I don’t wish to dwell on this too much, but I will because it is important. Take a close look at the angel’s charge put before the two Marys. They are to announce the resurrection of Jesus, and then in the last sentence the angel makes it crystal clear that this message – the central proclamation of the church – is given to them from the angel. Just in case you happen to know someone who is still raising a stink over women in ministry, it is difficult to read anything but one with heavenly authority calling two women to preach the Good News. Of course, I’m still in favor of a few of us guys coming alongside these women in this good work. God always seems to challenge the human propensity of “only one way of doing things” by throwing into the mix someone who shakes up the system as it was… and usually this new person does it better than those who had allowed things to get stale and flat. I would have loved to have sat at the feet of one of those Marys as she shared the Gospel of Jesus.
Prayer: The sun is rising on Easter morning, but your people are not where they usually are. Merciful God, you have given life and hope to this world. In the midst of this current struggle, provide us the voice of one who speaks clearly of your love being re-created within humanity this day. Amen.
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