Another icon depicting the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shows the women disciples going to the tomb on the first day of the week. On that Sunday morning, the first witnesses of this amazing event are the women who found the tomb empty! The angel of the Lord asks, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee..." The news of great joy, announcing the Resurrection, resounds throughout the entire world.
We see the courage of the women who went to the Tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. It is a courage that is expressed by faith as they consider how they might roll the stone away from the Tomb.
What a beautiful expression of STEWARDSHIP — to move forward without any expectation of the outcome, regardless of potential obstacles. The myrrh-bearing women have no guarantee of success, yet they are motivated by their faith to do what is right and proper. The result is that they became the first to preach the Good News of the Resurrection.
We, too, are witnesses of the Resurrection when we live a life centered in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Managing our Time, Talents, and Treasure as stewards of the Resurrected Lord puts forth the message of our precious Orthodox Christian Faith. We are the Church of the Resurrection and we have the responsibility to preserve the true Faith and "proclaim the glad tidings" to all people.
Christ is Risen from the dead and by His death He has trampled upon death and to those in the tombs He bestows life!
See: Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18
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