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. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But 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. 7But 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.’ 8So 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.
This is the Easter gospel that Mark gives us. I love how it ends, “and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” The good news of the resurrection might cause us to fear. We fear that we have to change our lives and radically alter who we are in light of this good news.
I encourage you to reflect upon this icon of the resurrection. The two figures on the left and right are Adam and Eve. Notice how Jesus is pulling them up. Also take note of the locks in the bottom that are now broken open. Those symbolize death that has been defeated. What else do you see?
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott