Scripture: Mark 16:1-8, 9-20
Key verses: (12,13) After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Reflection: You can almost feel the grief of Mary Magdalene, heavy with heartbreak. The grief was so strong; she didn’t know who she was meeting or what was happening. Mary Magdalene knew that when the Sabbath ended, she had to make her way to the tomb. To be in that place and do something, anything. At least, that is what I imagine.
In Mark, there is no Emmaus and no breakfast on the beach. The disciples are gathered together in mourning, others are gathered around a table and a few travel to another country. There is fear and silence. Maybe it doesn’t matter where they are or what they were doing. Maybe what matters is the promise that Jesus has gone ahead and is already at work. It doesn’t matter where the disciples were after the death of Jesus because wherever they scattered, Jesus went ahead and prepared the way. The same promise is for each of us and all of us. There is no place we will go where Jesus has not arrived first. Jesus is there in the depth of our grief, when our tears cannot stop or even when we head out for some unknown place just so we look like we have it together. Jesus is already there.
Prayer: God, we look for you in every corner of our lives and yet you are already present. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear. In the name of your son we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].