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Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Homily – Mark 16:1 – 8 ©


The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.04.01


The Empty Tomb

His most faithful followers never abandoned him. They remained with him through his trial, while he was beaten and whipped, while he carried the cross up the hill and while he was crucified.

They watched him die, his most faithful followers remained with him.

They came to prepare his body for burial, to honor him, even while Peter and the disciples were in hiding, having sold him into captivity and abandoned him.

His most faithful followers came to anoint him, and they were the first to witness the empty tomb, the miracle of the resurrection, and to encounter the angel of God.

They heard the good news first, his most faithful followers, the women who were at his side.

The shared the gospel with the others. They were the first evangelists, the eyewitnesses to the empty tomb.


Jesus of Nazareth, who was Crucified, has Risen

When the sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb, just as the sun was rising.

They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But when they looked they could see that the stone – which was very big – had already been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him, just as he told you.”’


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