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The Good News for the day, March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday (41)

FIRST READING (Genesis 1, in a poetic form)

At the start

God establishing all above and all here—

(a shapeless waste, its total dark)

A stirring Life disturbing the liquid-like surface

God says this Word:

“Let Light”—and it lit!

LAST READING – GOSPEL

When the last day of the week was finishing, Mary Magdalene, Mary, James’ s mother, as well as Salome were bringing perfumes; they were going to anoint Him. Very early—the sun had just risen that first day of the week, they came to the tomb, saying to each other, “Who is going to roll back the stone for us from the front of the tomb?” When they looked up, they realized that the stone had already been rolled back (It was immense). Entering the tomb, they saw a young man to the right, wearing white. They were staggered— utterly amazed. He spoke to them, “Don’t be surprised! You’re looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look—the place where people laid him. Now, go, tell his followers—and Peter—’He is going in front of you to Galilee; it is there you will see Him—as He told you.'” (Mark 16)

The absence of any surprise meeting with Mary Magdalene (John’s Gospel) tells us that Mark sees the Resurrection of Jesus in a different way—as a movie might show the same even different ways to help us understand what is really going on.

This narrative shows us three loving friends—all women—on their way to the tomb to do practical as well as ritual things to the dead body of Jesus. Despite the “angel’s” chide that “He told you so,” they show complete surprise at the resurrection.

Today—His Body cold in the tomb—let us be surprised by living—by the stirring, astonishing gifts of Light and Life—an inner illumination and surprise—the “light goes on”—that you—as well as someone you love—are alive in a different way. Mike, Rosemary, Mary Lou—live, now gone before us. The “surprise” is that the Life of Jesus is Lasting, Permanent, Eternal. You Live it now, whether you yourself “die” or not. The end of life creates a new world—a Genesis. Genesis goes on all the time.

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