(This is a recurrent topic, read part 1 here)
While writing my next paper I came across the following text in African Bible Commentary’s text on Luke 24:1-12. It points out some facts that I have been thinking a lot about and it mirrors the way I understand it. So here goes (my emphasis):
”All four gospels agree on one vital detail about Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection: women were present. The specifics of their presence may vary from one gospel to another, including for example, how many women were at the tomb, who greeted them at the tomb, and how they responded to what they saw and hears, but the presence of women is a constant. These independent, motivated women are both the first witnesses to the resurrection and the first missionaries of the church.
The story of women at the tomb of Jesus started with the question, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb’ (Mark 16:3). Even today women are still asking that question as they face the many roadblocks placed in their path. But as they recall the resurrection experience, they are reminded that it is faith in Jesus Christ that will roll away the stones that prevent full attainment of humanity and dignity.
The role of women in the story of Jesus’ passion, that is, his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection, can be interpreted as reflection women’s willingness to cooperate with God and others, In the words of Odudyoye, ‘without women’s participation the transformation of human society towards justice, peace and compassion will not happen, because it takes women to insist that hierarchical and periphery/center paradigms should give way to caring community.’”
But in order to do this, we must be let in through all doors, and on all floors, of the church.