“Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples”
It was the women who returned to the tomb where their beloved Jesus had been laid. Yet it was in this place of death they learnt the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and his desire to meet his recalcitrant disciples again in Galilee. Further, they were the first ones to actually meet, touch and talk with the risen Christ.
We glean from this story that in the midst of darkness, disappointment and betrayal there is the possibility of resurrection, of starting over again.
On the other hand, the soldiers were not affected in the same way as the women even though they both heard from the angel that Jesus had risen. Instead, they hurried off to tell the elders what had happened. These convinced them, through a hefty bribe, to change their story and say the disciples had stolen it.
Since the soldiers and the elders did not know Jesus, they were oblivious as to the significance of His resurrection, unlike the women.
Father, increase our faith and our trust in your Son.