Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. (Luke 24:10-12)

 

The women return to tell their friends, the apostles, that their Lord had been raised from the dead, that the tomb was empty. ‘But these words seemed to [the apostles] an idle tale.’ Two things strike me about this scene: first, that we ought to cut ourselves some spiritual slack here when faced with our own disbelief and bewilderment at the mystery of the resurrection (given that even the apostles had difficulty getting their minds around it!); and second, that it’s incredibly powerful when we believe one another (as Peter believes the women and rushes to the tomb, ‘amazed at what had happened’). There is a great deal of misinformation and outright falsehood circulating in our society nowadays. It is often very difficult to tell the truth from falsehood, and the way we have casualized lying is a moral rot at the heart of our corporate life with which, at some point, we will have to come to collective terms. It would be all too easy in light of this for us to drift into straight up cynicism, either to give up on the truth in favor of whatever ‘truth’ is most convenient to us, or else to subject anyone and everyone to the most strenuous sort of doubt and interrogation. Neither are any way to live.

 

Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Bless: Who in your life can you trust? Who in your life have you distrusted when you shouldn’t have, as the apostles distrusted the women? Who has believed you when you needed to be, as Peter believed the testimony of Mary Magdalene and others? Reach out to one of these people today. Write them a note, or send them a text, and thank them for telling the truth.

The Second Big Bang is a daily meditation for Eastertide curated by Fr. Justin Crisp, our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence. Meditations follow the schedule of readings for our Eastertide adult forums, feature prayers for the season of Easter according to the Book of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and are patterned on the seven practices of The Way of Love, a rule of life for the Episcopal Church.