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A beautiful commentary and it coincides with the Easter sermon at Myers Park Baptist, a free Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. Mary not only arrived in the dark of morning to find to her horror that Jesus missing, she was there at the cross when he was crucified, obviously risking her own life so Jesus would not die alone. The disciples, all men, fled, and she stayed to the bitter end. It is a lesson of love at its best, courage and strength that goes beyond the resurrection. Your point about women being kept from the ministry is so true, especially in the light of the Easter story.