ISSL Reflections March 31 2024 Mark 16:1–8 – Post 3

Let’s return to this Gospel’s account of the women’s first experience of resurrection.

While the Gospel of Mark ends with a lot unsaid about resurrection, what does it say about resurrection?

Mark 16:1-8 (NRSVue)

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

[[And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterward Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.]]

Did you catch what the “young man” told them as he gave them instructions on what to tell “his disciples and Peter…”?

… you will see him, just as he told you.

Had they already forgotten what Jesus told them? Did grief and fear so hold them, they were already forgetting Jesus and his teachings?

What causes us or might cause us to lose sight of Jesus?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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