Easter Vigil – Matt 28:5-7

5 And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

Jerome: The guards lay like dead men in a trance of terror, but the Angel speaks comfort not to them, but to the women, saying, “Fear not ye;” as much as to say, Let them fear with whom unbelief abides; but do ye who seek the crucified Jesus hear that He has risen again, and has accomplished what He promised.

6 He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid.

Rabanus: His fleshly presence, that is; for His spiritual presence is absent from no place.

Chrysostom: If ye believe me not, remember His own words.

Jerome: If my words fail to convince you, the empty tomb may.

Chrysologus: The Angel first announces His name, declares His Cross, and confesses His Passion; but straightway proclaims Him risen and their Lord.

7 And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you.

Rabanus: This glad tiding is given not to you alone for the secret comfort of your own hearts, but ye must extend it to all who love Him.

Chrysologus: Woman, now thou art healed, return to the man, and persuade him to faith, whom thou didst once persuade to treachery [Gen 3:6]. Carry to man the proof of the Resurrection, to whom thou didst once carry counsel of destruction.

Chrysostom: “He shall go before you,” that is, to save you from danger, lest fear should prevail over faith.

Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible. Commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Vol. I (London: Rivington, 1842).

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