The risen Lord says to the two women, “Don’t be afraid, go and tell my brothers…” My adelphoi. He’s never called them brothers before. After the resurrection a new relationship of intimacy has been made possible. Because of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, through the cross and resurrection, you and I are not just his followers, or his disciples, or even his friends. More than that, we are now his brothers and sisters. We’re of one flesh! And that is quite stunning good news.
-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE