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Easter (Resurrection) Sunday

Easter (Resurrection) Sunday

Mark 16: 1-8

EasterWhat causes us to be fascinated by other people’s lives such as the rich and famous or those portrayed in so-called reality TV shows?  Is there something missing from our own lives that causes us to look elsewhere for excitement or meaning? How can we have a full and rewarding life?

It can be tempting to think we’re just ordinary people, living ordinary lives in ordinary circumstances in ordinary times. The reality is that this could not be further from the truth!

The Easter story that comes to us through the New Testament Gospels tells of a risen Jesus Christ who appeared to ordinary people who often didn’t immediately recognise Him.  When they did, they were surprised, joyful, but never afraid, because they recognised him as an ordinary human being.  The ‘extraordinary’ (Son of God risen from death!) seemed ordinary and natural.

How often do we too allow the ‘extraordinary’ to pass as ordinary in our own lives?  Do we miss the pearls and diamonds of life because we are preoccupied with mundane things that don’t really matter in the eternal scheme of things?

Are we like Mary at the empty tomb; lost in our pain and grief, failing to recognise the risen Lord Jesus standing beside us? Or, fully grasping the wondrous implications, do we celebrate and share with others the reality of the living Jesus and His ‘extraordinary’ message of love, forgiveness and truth?

Mark 16: 1-8 [NRSV]  The Resurrection of Jesus

1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. 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.