From the Word of the Day
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
(Matthew 28: 8-15)
The women do not flee in the face of sorrow, of death. They are present, the witnesses of the great Mystery. At the moment of the burial, they had remained seated before the tomb. On Easter morning, they are again in front of the rolled away stone and are the first to see the signs of the Resurrection. Precisely because they remained, they become the witnesses of the greatest and most marvelous event of history. Then, Jesus Himself goes to meet them with the invitation to rejoice: “Rejoice; do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers”. They throw themselves at the feet of the Master, adoring Him, and they receive the investiture of apostles of the Gospel. Now they can narrate and teach.
Today I will ask the Lord to give me the capacity to remain in Him so as to become a witness of the Good and Beautiful News of the Gospel.
The Voice of Antoinette Potente, Theologian
These women make tradition and Magisterium because they are present. Being present is therefore a sign of continuity. Thus, I believe that the first invitation we receive from this brief text is to be present, to not abandon, and to take on all that is this present time.