Monday, May 28, 2007

Of Chariots and Planters

Sister Mary Martha speculates about the "bodies of the saints" which experienced a sort of "pre-resurrection" on Good Friday and are mentioned in Matthew 27:52-53.

But those people were not raised bodily into heaven. We actually don't know who they were or what became of them except that since they weren't raised bodily into heaven they must have died. Again.

It's okay. Funerals weren't so expensive back then.

I've always imagined that they got to go and say a few words to the relatives or whoever and then went back to being dead later that day, so as not to be any trouble to anyone. If it were me, that's what I would have done, at least. They'd definitely want to get back to being dead, since the Gates of Heaven were finally open. I'm sure that's what they came back to tell everyone.

So only Mary and Jesus and maybe Elijah, if he didn't burn up in the atmosphere. They can use his chariot as a planter.

That last line encapsulates what I love about nuns, especially Sister Mary Martha. Spiritual and practical. And funny.

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