The details and differences of the Easter stories matter, but they matter most in the truth they all proclaim: The story of Easter is real, not rehearsed. It really happened—and it happened to real people, who were overwhelmed and overjoyed by the experience.
We glimpse the power and mystery of Easter precisely where the stories seem weakest and most foolish—in the overlapping, colliding human testimonies of racing to and from the tomb, of silence and speech, of awe and terror and, finally, of a joy so new and raw and surprising that it came hand-in-hand with doubt. Could it be true? But it was—oh, it was.
This message is an excerpt of “Alleluia! Hallelujah!” by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni in the April 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the Easter Vigil where we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord.
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