Thursday, August 2, 2018

Women Were Also There

Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone. Matthew 27:55-66

Women Were Also There
Where else would we be but here
though pain and blood so evident
our hearts on the ground for beloved
we are here as we always have been.

Serving food and cleaning up
we listened to the hope and promise
we too committed our lives
to the way of light, love and peace.

Some very strong men ran away
yet we linger as we pray and hold tight
we are those who made that last meal
diapering and coddling young disciples.

Yes, we are here in great numbers
our faith has always been our strength
when doors were closed we still got in
locked out we prayed close at hand.

Where else would we be but here?
On the from lines of inclusion and love
mothers and sisters, daughters as well
our hearts keep us always present.

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