had happened. The chief priests met with the elders, and decided to give the soldiers a large sum of money, with this order, “Say that his disciples came by night while
you were asleep, and stole the body of Jesus. If Pilate comes to know of this, we will explain the situation and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers accepted the money
and did as they were told. This story has circulated among the Jews until this day.
An extraordinary event has happened, which makes
it impossible to keep silent. The out-of-the-world event of
the Resurrection triggers two kinds of responses: a passion
to spread the news about it to everyone around, as the women
in the story does, and even to the ends of the earth, as the
apostles would do later. The other response, which is more
of a reaction, is to suppress the truth, falsify it, and even kill it.
Even when the fabricated lie of the stealing of the body of Jesus
by the disciples has survived even to this day, the truth of the
Resurrection has unleashed the reign of the Spirit that no lies can
stop. How do I respond to the truth of the Resurrection—by
affirming and claiming it or by falsifying and rejecting it? Or, still
worse, by being indifferent to it?
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