cyril_alexandriaIt came to pass, as they were perplexed at this (Luke 24:4).

The women came to the sepulchre, and when they could not find the body of Christ – for He had risen – they were much perplexed. And what followed?

For their love’s sake to Christ, and their earnest zeal thereunto, they were counted worthy of seeing holy angels, who even told them the joyful tidings, and became the heralds of the resurrection, saying:

“Why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.”

For the Word of God ever lives, and is by His own nature Life: but when He humbled Himself to emptying, and submitted to be made like to us, He tasted death.

But this proved to be the death of death: for He arose from the dead, to be the way whereby not Himself so much but we rather return to incorruption.

And let no one seek Him Who ever lives among the dead; for He is not here, with mortality, that is, and in the tomb: but where rather is He? in heaven plainly, and in godlike glory.

And more firmly to settle the faith of the women in these things, they recall to their minds what Christ had said, that “He must necessarily be given up into the hands of sinners, and suffer, and the third day rise again.”

Angels too brought the joyful tidings of the nativity to the shepherds in Bethlehem, and now they tell His resurrection: and heaven yields its service to proclaim Him, and the hosts of the spirits which are above attend the Son as God, even when He had become flesh.

And they returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest (Luke 24:9).

The women having been taught the mystery by the voice of angels, run to tell these things to the disciples. For it was fitting that this grace, though so splendid, should be granted to women.

For she who of old was the minister of death is now freed from her guilt by ministering to the voice of the holy angels, and by being the first both to learn and tell the adorable mystery of the resurrection.

[…] To the holy apostles however the account of the resurrection seemed absolutely but an idle tale, and falsehood; for even they did not know the inspired Scripture, and so they were incredulous, and mocked at the news and rejected it.

Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376-444): Commentary on St Luke’s Gospel, Fragments on Luke 24.

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