From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘They [the women] departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”’

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘“And they departed from the sepulchre with fear and joy”. Why could this be? They had seen a thing amazing, and beyond expectation, a tomb empty, where they had before seen Him laid. Wherefore also He had led them to the sight, that they might become witnesses of both things, both of His tomb, and of His resurrection. For they considered that no man could have taken Him, when so many soldiers were sitting by Him, unless He raised up Himself. For this cause also they rejoice and wonder, and receive the reward of so much continuance with Him, that they should first see and gladly declare, not what had been said only, but also what they beheld’.

In our own lives, may we too bear witness to what we have seen and heard, both of the tomb and the resurrection. It may be that this takes place in our actions, rather than necessarily by what we say. May God bless you in all that you do for Him this day.