Hi there! I’m Constance McEntee, also known as Antinoë Magdalene, and this is a Heretic Homily!
Today is Sunday, 21 April 2019. It is Resurrection Sunday, which is is known in most Christian traditions that I’m aware of as Easter Sunday. I am currently sitting in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Since this is Resurrection Sunday and the grave is a very central part of the story, it seemed fitting that I record this Heretic Homily from a graveyard.
Resurrection Sunday is when we remember Christ rising from the grave and claiming his victory over evil and sin. Christ, of course, being the incarnation of G0D. So, he was both the Father and the Son. There’s a lot of debate there in the various sects of Christianity and I’m not going to go into those. I don’t know nearly enough about it to adequately discuss it, especially not in a short homily like this.
So, how do we know that the tomb was empty, that Christ had risen? Mary Magdalene! That’s how we knew. While the other disciples, the other apostles, were in hiding for fear of being handed over to the authorities the way Jesus was, Mary approached the tomb. She had the courage to approach the tomb and find her Lord was gone. So, we have her to thank for the news. In fact, it was Mary who brought the news to the other disciples and that’s how Peter came to be at the tomb. And that was interesting, isn’t it? Peter, the rock upon which the Church is built, denied Christ three times and he seems to get a better billing than Mary Magdalene. And I’ve got a little bit of a problem with that.
So, how did Christ get to the cross? Well, he was sold to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver. He was sold by Judas Iscariot, who is often considered the Betrayer. And in the stories of the Last Supper, he is warned–the disciples are warned whoever sells Christ will be cursed. Well, since it was necessary for G0D in the form of his own son to be crucified in order to claim the victory over sin, what Judas did was not betray Christ but help him fulfill the Scriptures. You see, it wasn’t Christ who cursed Judas. It was all the humans, all the people who came after and didn’t understand that Judas’ so-called betrayal was necessary for the victory to happen over sin.
Well, why was it necessary for there to be a victory over sin in the first place? For that one it looks like we have to go all the way back to the very first book of the Bible, in Genesis, to the Fall of Humanity, when Adam ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Why did Adam eat of this fruit? Because Eve gave it to him. She said, “We should do this.” Why did Eve do this? Because she was tempted by the Serpent, who actually was Satan–the Adversary–in disguise.
So! If you think about it–and this is why this is called a Heretic Homily–if you think about it, Satan and Judas Iscariot were necessary for the victory of Resurrection Sunday. If it wasn’t for Satan leading to the Fall and Judas leading to the so-called betrayal, we wouldn’t have had the victory. Now, I’m not a sacrificial theologian, and sacrificial theology is very important in a lot of sects of Christianity. That is to say G0D, in the form of his own son, had to be sacrified in order to defeat sin. That’s not my personal thing. I’m more of the victory comes from he stuck to what he believed in–Jesus stuck to what he believed in–even unto the very end. So for me, it’s much more a Universalist than a sacrificial thing. Hey! I’m a heretic! What can I say?
Now, what scholarship do I have to offer in support of any of this? What exegesis have I done on the various stories from the Gospel and the Hebrew Scriptures that I’m touching on? None! This is unverified personal gnosis. In other words, “Because I said so.”
So, Resurrection Sunday. Hail Satan! Thank you for your service. Thank you, Judas Iscariot. And hail Mary Magdalene, blessed among all disciples! And thank you Jesus, for showing that we should stick to what we believe in no matter what.