Note: A poem, based on John 20.1-9, first posted on Easter Eve, April 20, 2019, and, here revised.
What did Peter and “the other disciple” see and believe?
Only the truth of Mary of Magdala’s report:
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him.”
For they could not conceive
of the fulfillment
of His oft proclaimed promise that He,
(as the Word,
already, alway Being the fulfillment of His words),
Rise above this world’s evil
that, though, ever assaulting innocence,
ever proves its impotence.
For the worst that evil will do is kill.
Beyond the offence of death,
evil can do no more.
Nay, they could not conceive that He
(death – the imagined,
their imagined, for so they believed,
inevitable end of all living –
its hold feeble, unable to keep Him dead)
(ah, what Holy Surprise!)
Illustration: St. Peter and St. John Run to the Sepulcher, James Tissot (1836-1902)