Today marks the day of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is the most important day of the liturgical year as it is through His stripes that we are healed(Isaiah 53). He has paid our debts by his vicarious atonement on the cross. He has overcome death and made us Sons of God. I would like to take a moment to think about another aspect of the Resurrection.
He chooses to reveal Himself after the Ressurection, not to his disciples but, to women. In that day it was not something that you would expect since the testimony of women was not trusted in those days. Our Lord chooses to do this for our benefit. He shows us once again that God can use whomever He wills for his purpose. All can be used for the glory of God. It is through our doubts that he uses us, as was the case for St. Thomas. However, He also uses people such as these women that we would never expect. God uses those that we do not think of ourselves. Consider King David. Was he the king that they would expect? Was Jesus the Messiah the Jewish people expected? It seems that God has a plan and it does not always go with our plan. Sometimes He uses people that we would not expect in His plan of salvation.
The Resurrection is an event that all would take part in through the saving work of the Cross. Jesus would use all of the people in his divine plan. St. Peter had to deny Him for him to be the bishop that he was called to be. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea had to become “secret” disciples for the burial of Jesus, so that the Resurrection would be believed. Mary Magdalene had to follow Jesus so she could tell others of the Resurrection. All had a part to play in this great redemptive act and finally original sin would be atoned for and in the words of Jesus, “it is finished.”
Fr. Brandon Cribbs