I hope everyone had a great Easter. I spent yesterday driving back home, walking dogs, and making phone calls, and never got around to putting up an Easter post. For which I feel especially bad. I want to make up for it by putting up the post I would have put up if I had had my head in the game. The title of the cantata is “Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret” (Heaven laughs! Earth exults).
Yesterday’s Gospel reading is Mark 16:1-8, and since we’re still in the Easter season, it can’t hurt to contemplate it again today:
Jesus Has Risen
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
The text of today’s cantata is available here. The opening chorus is translated as follows:
Heaven laughs! Earth exults
and all she bears in her lap;
the Creator lives! The Highest triumphs
and is freed from the bonds of death.
He who has selected the grave for rest,
the Holy One, can not be corrupted.
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.