Reading: Mark 16:1-8
This summer, on Thursdays, our campers will be learning more about Easter as we study "Living in God's Time."
Mark’s account of the resurrection appears twice in the Revised Common Lectionary both in Year B: Easter Vigil and Easter Day. However, we have the option to read John’s account of the resurrection on Easter Day in place of Mark’s offering. All that means that we could go through a whole life time of worship without ever hearing Mark’s account read in church!
That is somewhat understandable giving the way Mark’s gospel probably ended: So (the women) went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Period. That’s it. For they were afraid.
A young man dressed in a white robe sitting in the empty tomb instructed the women to tell Peter and the rest of the disciples that Jesus is raised and is going ahead of them to Galilee. But, they said nothing.
To be honest, I think I would have been overwhelmed and immobilized by fear standing at the gaping, empty tomb listening to a young man who looked like an angel telling me something that defies all science and common human experience. The concept of a dead man coming to life just is not part of my reasoning. And I probably would have kept my mouth shut.
Sooner or later, however, we come to view the resurrection not through the eyes of science but through the eyes of faith. Because we do experience the resurrected Christ in our midst. And we come to believe. We have this practice of asking the Camp Mount Luther staff “How have you experienced Jesus today?” We ask because we know that Jesus makes himself known to us, every day in everyday life. And I imagine you have those experiences.
Now here’s the question for us today: How well do we talk about those resurrection experiences? Do we remain frightened and say nothing? Do we name those experiences? Do we share them with other people? It takes courage and we need to find language that others can hear. But, let’s speak up about the reality of the Resurrected Christ in our lives. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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