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A Priest's Perspective

Holy Trinity Rector, Very Reverend Marc A. Vranes, returned to Holy Trinity on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He had been absent the previous two weeks, home and rehabilitating, as a result of total right knee replacement surgery. Many thoughts go through one’s mind during this post-surgical time. Following are some thoughts shared by Fr Marc to his church community upon his return.

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The Myrrhbearing Women
The Myrrhbearing Women
The Myrrhbearing Women

Although there are similarities, it must be noted that there is no identical account of the resurrection amongst the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke). All three are different, and that is to be expected. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the most unique and shattering event in the history of the world, so confusion in details are to be expected.

The idea that all four evangelists had different accounts of the resurrection does not diminish the power and meaning of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Faith in the resurrection did not depend that all the evangelists had written their accounts in a similar way (Jerome Biblical Commentary). It must be noted as well, the actual resurrection of Jesus Christ is not described in the scriptures because there were no actual eyewitnesses. The power of the resurrection is beyond man’s imagination, therefore it is safe to say that the resurrection could never be described in human words.

Christian theology normally attaches the title of “The Empty Tomb” to the resurrection. The Empty Tomb is the first actual evidence of the Resurrection. The one area that is consistent in the Synoptics is that the Myrrhbearing Women were the first to know of the resurrection. This is important because the gospels were written in a world and atmosphere that did not trust women. Christ's resurrection is indeed the first and decisive moment in the life of the Church, which lives and moves toward it through the power of the Holy Spirit.

--  Fr Marc Vranes

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