The same day [that Jesus taught about taxes] some Sadducees came to him, … and they questioned him, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother shall marry the [widow] woman, and raise up offspring for his brother.’
We have hardly moved from that empty tomb, but in Acts the women who, in some cases were primary witnesses to the resurrection, and in all cases uprooted their lives to follow and support Jesus, are beginning to disappear from the narrative. And when they do show up, as in our Matthew reading, they appear as objects without agency trapped in a resistant hierarchical cultural system, highlighting the work of liberation yet undone. It may cause us to wonder if the Church today is doing a new thing, existing as an agent of liberty or reinforcing the biases of our ancestors.
What have we yet to see and hear and learn and live of this Eastering God and her Way?
Sunday Readings: 3rd Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:6–8 † Psalm 78:1–7 † Romans 13:8–10 † Matthew 22:23–33
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