Monday, April 12th Mark 16:5-8

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.” Mark 16:5-8

And so ends the Gospel of Mark. “They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

I wonder how long that fear lasted?

Eventually they must have told. Because someone wrote their story down. Because we know their story today. You can’t keep a secret forever – certainly not one that big! But, for a time, they were too afraid to say anything to anyone.

I wonder how those women felt the next day. Is that when they broke their silence? Is that when they told the other disciples to high-tail it to Galilee and meet Jesus there? Did they keep silent overnight…or did it take longer?

We’re living now in the Easter season. What are we going to do with the glorious news of Easter today?

Are we going to forget it, stuff it away behind the tight lips of our fear? Or will we carry it into our lives in a way that we have never done before? What’s it going to be?

Once, after preaching my heart out on the Sunday after Easter, my son leaned over with a big smile and whispered to me, “You really got into that one, Dad.” (I had been a little on the exuberant side…) I asked him what he thought about that. “I thought it was funny!” he said behind his toothy grin.

My son found it funny that the story of these three silent women got me all excited. I wonder what that says…

So, today is new day and I still have Easter and these three women on my mind. And I’m wondering, in my life and yours, what are we going to do with this story as we head back to the regular lives we’ve been living in Galilee?

Let us pray: The hymns still dance in our memories. It was a glorious day. We pray that you were pleased with our sacrifices of praise and celebration as we remembered your resurrection. Now we are the ones who have been to the empty tomb. Now we are living in the Easter season. Lord, what would you have us do with your story? In Jesus’ name. Amen.

One Response to “Monday, April 12th Mark 16:5-8”

  1. Tina Peterson Says:

    Pastor Kerry,

    This is an interesting thought (no, a chellenge, really), and one that had not occurred to me before. I will have to think about this.

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