Anointed and Sent

He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples” such is one of the verses before our gospel reading of this Easter Monday morning. This gives context and meaning to the following verse, the first one in our gospel reading: “Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples.”

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary are commissioned as apostles to the apostles, announcing the good news. Their next step is that encounter with Jesus. The next step is announcing the Good News in private to the apostles. Good news is contagious. In the first reading, we see Peter proclaiming that good news to the crowds gathered for Pentecost – announcing it in a very public manner.

Your baptism commissioned you to announce the good news, that He is Risen. Public or private your choice, but in either case, for this you have been anointed and sent.

So…. who is the first person you plan to tell?

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