Sunday, April 5, 2015
Mark 16:1-20 (NRSV)
Thus we end the Good News of Jesus Christ. A man from Galilee who was baptized and taught as a rabbi. A man who healed people and exorcised demons. A man who commanded winds and waves and miraculously fed thousands.
A man who ate with sinners and lifted up the lowly.
A man who was not afraid to share what God saw in the religious authorities.
A man who made all the power structures from the Pharisees to the Priests to the Roman government a little too nervous.
|Grace is often surprising!|
This should have been the end of the story but it wasn't.
Sometimes we still go to the tomb - the dead things in our lives - looking for Jesus.
We are reminded of the young man in white robes who tells us, "He is not here."
In fact, he is going ahead of you.
As we look back, we marvel that the Divine has been walking among us in this story. As we look up from our reading, may we realize that Jesus still goes ahead of us; that the Divine still walks among us today.
May we have eyes to see on this Easter Sunday!
Prayer of Jesus:
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory forever.
"The Holy Women at the Tomb" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau [Public domain], 1890 via Wikimedia Commons