April 4

Mark 16:1-8

“When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.” vss. 1-2

Evidently the male disciples had slept in that first Easter morning–we can’t really blame them. Anointing was women’s work and there would have been nothing for the men to do–though conceivably they could have rolled back the stone. Some of us have gotten used to that idea of sleeping in on Sunday morning in this year of COVID. We’ve been able to worship at leisure and there’s no need to even get cleaned up to watch YouTube services. We can even fast forward through boring sermons. But today seems different. It’s Easter and many will be back at in-person worship for the first time in over a year. And, like the women, we’ll be looking for Jesus–the difference is that we know he’s alive. And this time no one is going to tell us that he’s disappeared–or that we’ll have to go to Galilee to see him. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! And today we’ll meet him in the community of believers and in the breaking of the bread. Christ will be with us in the tentative hugs and mask-hidden smiles. In fact, he’ll be present in all the scattered places we’re gathering this morning. It’s so good to finally be emerging from the darkness of this last year. And to do it at Easter! For many this is truly the resurrection of the Church!

Thought for the Day: How will the post-COVID Church be different?

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