The poem “Rosing from the Dead” by Paul J. Willis tells of Hanna commenting, “Sunday Jesus will be rosing from the dead.” The narrator of the poem agrees that resurrection may have been like a red blossom “pulsing from the floor of the tomb.” The soldiers are “overcome with the fragrance, and Mary at sunrise mistakening the dawn-dewed Rose of Sharon for the untameable Gardner.” There are several “mistakes” in the Resurrection narratives: women who worry about rolling back the stone, two disciples who have no idea to whom they’re conversing on the road to Emmaus, disciples who think Jesus is a ghost. They just can’t seem to name Jesus Christ correctly. A poem written centuries later names Jesus “Rose.” A beautiful name, don’t you think?

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