The
ressurrection story of Jesus Christ in St. Matthew’s gospel holds that early in
the morning, on the day after the Sabbath (Sunday), Mary Magdalene and Mary the
mother of James went to the tomb. There, an angel told them that Jesus had
risen and that the disciples should go to Galilee to meet him there. As they
went to see the other disciples, Jesus met them and said: “Hail”.
They took hold of his feet and worshipped him. Jesus told them not to fear but
to go and tell the other disciples to meet him in Galilee.

When some of the guards discovered that Christ had actually risen
and had gone out of the grave, they went into the city and told the chief
priests what had happened. They conspired with the elders and bribed the
soldiers with money to say, “his disciples came by night and stole him
away while we were sleeping.” The soldiers were assured that if it came to
the governor’s knowledge, they would satisfy him and keep them out of trouble.
So, they took the money and did as they were directed. This story has been
spread among the Jews to this day.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee where they met Jesus,
although some doubted. Jesus told them that all authority in heaven and on
earth had been given to him. He commanded them to “go, therefore, and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all that! have commanded
you and I am with you always, to the close of the age”.