The reading for today is Mark 16:1-7.
1 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. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Naza-reth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 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.”
The beautiful first Easter story is heard each year as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. How frightening it must have been for the women, in their grief and great sorrow, who were doing the task of anointing the body as was the custom in that time. To come upon an angel telling them that their Lord was not there but had been raised from the dead was prob-ably such an incredible experience for these devout and humble women. How would we have reacted had we been in their place? Afraid, shocked, not knowing what to think, and what to do at that point was probably what they were thinking. The angel told them to go and tell the disci-ples and Peter of this glorious miracle. They did as was instructed and then they were met with skepticism by others.
Let us pray. Dear Lord help us to always remember the gifts of faith and grace when we face the skeptics and non-believers as we are challenged with each. Give us strength each day. Amen.
The Easter story lives on through the ages giving us the beautiful joy of the risen Christ. He is risen, He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!
Prayer Concern - Please pray that we may celebrate this Eastertide with wonder, joy and true humbleness at the majesty and love of Christ’s Resurrection.
Alternative Verses - Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Song of Solomon 3:1-1