Gospel – April 13, 2020 – Matthew 28:8-15
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, “You are to say,
‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.
I remember growing up for 5 years just down from my cousins. We could meet up and play any time. We could share great adventures. We were the rulers of our world. But my dad decided to move up into East Texas to be close to his dad who was getting older (only about the age I am now).
I didn’t want to move away. I liked my life. I would have given anything to stay. But we moved just the same.
The chief priests, elders and scribes are the de facto rulers of the Jews. They like it. They don’t want anything to change. They are willing to pay a large sum of money to keep things the same.
But the world changes anyhow. Once that stone was removed you couldn’t put Jesus back in the tomb.
Sometimes our world changes whether we want it to or not.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…