A highlight from April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday


When the sabbath was over. Mary magdalene mary. The mother of james and sulay bought spices so that they could go and anoint. Jesus's dead body very early on the first day of the week just after sunrise they came to the tomb they were saying to other. Who's going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us. When they looked up they saw that the stone had been rolled away and it was a very large stone going into the tomb. They saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side and they were startled but he said to them. Don't be alarmed. you are looking for jesus of nazareth who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn't here. Look here's the place. Where they laid him go. Tell his disciples. Especially peter that he is going ahead of you into galilee. You will see him there. Just as he told you overcome with terror and dread the women fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid. This is the word of god for the people of god. Let the church say thanks. Be to god now. Some of you may be sitting there thinking. Wait a minute. Where's the rest of the story. Mark is actually the oldest of the four gospel and this original version of mark. The oldest version of mark stops right there. They said nothing to anyone. Because they were afraid marks version is quite different from the other three gospels in all four gospels. the women come early to the tune. In all three gospels the women in all four gospels. The women encounter an empty tomb however in mark's version in this translation. The women's reaction is different. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid. At some point during my childhood. I became really scared of going to bed. I was asleep walker. So maybe that was part of my fear and there were a few nights where i would wake up and i'd be on the couch. Shares which is not where i started the knights or i would wake up with these very big memories of roaming the house and i was never sure if that was real or if they were a dream to combat my fear of falling asleep. I'd have a radio beside my bed with christian music blaring to keep those positive thoughts flowing you know and most nights. My dad stayed by my bed. Until i fell asleep. I cannot tell you the origins of my fear. Although if my parents were here they would tell you that it had something to do with watching too many episodes of the power rangers. However we can't prove that so we don't really know the origins of my fear. And i can't explain to you here. And now y that fear was so paralyzing to me but it was it especially was as a child i felt vulnerable and i felt unable to control this overwhelming feeling of fear it was like i would get into my own head so deeply that i couldn't comprehend any rational thoughts of safety and that there really wasn't anything to be fearful of fear can dictate how we live our lives. We may avoid certain areas out of fear. We may avoid certain people out of fear. We may even withhold true honest pieces of ourselves out of fear of how the world may react. these women in mark are fearful and i would argue rightly so these women have been through a lot. They've been through a lot just in the past few days. All three of these women are named rights before this chapter in chapter fifteen during the crucifixion versus forty and forty. One say this. Some women were watching from a distance including mary. Magdalene mary the mother of james and solemn me when jesus was in galilee these women had followed and supported him along with many other women who had come to jerusalem with him. These three women are invested. They don't just come to the tomb out of an obligation or out of sheer curiosity. The women are coming to honor to remember their dear friend and their teacher. They're coming to prepare the body of the one. They've traveled with the one they've come to follow and lean on and the one they've just seen crucified. The women's fear doesn't happen in a vacuum. It's safe to assume that they are in the midst of a deep dark grief that has oh for a taken their day today actions they expect to arrive at the tomb and find the body of their loved one and to honor. Its this morning all over. The world. pastors priest worship leaders. I even heard the pope this morning. They will bring up the pandemic. It's a relevant thing for us to be talking about. It's hard to overlook and not talk about it when it has had such an influence on the people we've had become and the precautions. We've all had to take last year easter. None of our services we're live or in person and actually last year just a few weeks. Before easter we thought that easter twenty twenty would be our big comeback to church. Push only for the reality of the severity of the situation to really set in each of us have seen grief in our own way this past year. We've lost loved ones. We've missed special events we've been put in uncomfortable situations that we could have never imagined our grief like the women's have changed the way we go about our day to day life. We know fear and we know fear in a collective way. We've all mourn together in our common loss our lost that's been driven by fear of covert in the pandemic and now with hope on the horizon with vaccines rolling out with cases. Lowering with the promise of hugging. I loved ones once again. It can still be hard not to feel

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