Easter Day :: Christ is Risen!

Lighting the way

Lighting the way

The Light of Christ!

“...and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” [Mark 16.8]

Seems somewhat strange, don’t you think, that Mary Magdalene and her two companions would keep quiet about what they had witnessed that first Easter morning? Arriving at the place where their friend Jesus had been buried barely two days earlier, they found an amazing sight: the huge stone at the tomb entrance had been rolled back and standing by the side was a strange man dressed in white. What’s more, this man told them that Jesus was not there. His place was empty, nothing but the burial linens remained!

The other Gospellers—Matthew, Luke, and John—all indicate that the women [they each have different lists of which women] ran to tell the others. But Mark, who was the first to write an account of Jesus’ life and ministry and who penned the term Gospel—meaning Good News—ended his story before the women had a chance to tell anyone the Good News. Amazing! He has them running away in fear and amazement.

Perhaps he was trying to tell his audience [which, of course, is us] that we are the ones who are called to proclaim the Good News. Perhaps, since this whole story of Jesus is a retelling of Good News, he didn’t need to have Mary Magdalene, Mary, mother of James, and Salome say anything. If the reader had gotten that far in the account, s/he knows the Good News anyway!

Alas, there are so many who do not know this Gospel of Love incarnate. Many in the world reject what the Church teaches and says because the Church is filled with too many people who don’t practice the Love of God and who are more content to proclaim sin than to pronounce forgiveness.

May this Eastertide be a time for us all to become better proclaimers of the Good News of God’s love for the world. And may we do so through our love of and service to others.

Thanks be to God!

Link to RCL Lectionary for Easter Day

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