FUNCTIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – Homily Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

3rd LORD’S SUNDAY FROM RESURRECTION (Ac 6:1-7 , Mk 15:43-16:8)

Myrrh-Bearing Women 

‘’It was toward evening when Joseph of Arimathea arrived. He was a respected member of the council, who was waiting for the coming of the kingdom of God. It was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), so Joseph went boldly into the presence of Pilate and asked him for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. He called the army Officer and asked him if Jesus had been dead for a long time. 45 After hearing the officer’s report, Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. 46 Joseph bought a linen sheet, took the body down, wrapped it in the sheet, and placed it in a tomb which had been dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body of Jesus was placed. 16:1 After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they asked each other, who will roll away the stone for them from the entrance of the tomb. (It was a very large stone). 4 Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back. 5 So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right wearing a white robe and they were alarmed. 6 Don’t be alarmed, he said to them. I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here-He has been raised! Look, here is the place where He was placed. 7 Now go and give the message to His disciples, including Peter. He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see Him, just as He told you! 8 So they went out and ran from the tomb, distressed and terrified. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid”.

This day is a special memory and celebration of all believers, who serve the body of Christ the Lord in various capacities, especially those who bought and brought myrrh to the tomb. The names of Joseph from Arimathea and Necodemus are mentioned again (Jn 19:39).

And the Ladies, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Joseph (Or of James), Salome (The midwife), and others, who went very early in the morning to the tomb, are the nucleus. In the sense that, they received first the news of the resurrection of Christ the Lord from the dead.

When the believers increased in numbers, those from the Gentiles (Greeks) complained about the day-to-day sustenance, that it was not reaching their widows. Then 7 young men (With the spirit of God) were elected and ordained to serve in this capacity. The Apostles may remain on the duties of Prayer, Preaching, and Breaking of the Bread: Stephen, Philp, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicholaos. Ac 6:5. These young men worked much more in administration of food and funds of the body. Ac 6:1, 3. But also, they were participating in prayer, preaching and breaking of the bread.

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