Then go quickly and tell his disciples
“He has been raised from the dead
and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him.”
Behold, I have told you.
Matthew, Chapter 28, Verse 7
The wording of Matthew’s description of the Resurrection is the only one of the four Gospels to indicate a sense of urgency. The angel at the tomb tells the women, “Then go quickly and tell his disciples…”. The news is important, so important that it needs to be told – quickly.
As I sat in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, FL yesterday morning for an amazingly beautiful Easter Mass rich in ritual, I could not help but feel that same sense of urgency to “tell the good news”. As the magnificent organ played the last resounding chords of the final piece of music, it was as though it was urging us to run out into the square and shout out, “Alleluia! He is risen!”.
Rereading this verse I realize that this scene sets the stage for our journey as disciples of Jesus. The angel invites the women in, then tells them to go out and tell. This is the same invitation to evangelization that we receive at the end of every Mass we attend. So let’s go out and proclaim The Word.
21 April 2014