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Lent Reflections
 
Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
 
 
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 Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But 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. But 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." So 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.

 
 
 

This passage is saying to me, "Don't sweat the small stuff". Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome were so concerned with rather insignificant things for Jesus, they lost sight of the miracle of Christ's being raised from the tomb. We, as they, in this day and age, tend to worry so much about the little things along our life's journey that we miss the important aspects of which we should be aware. Jesus is actually ahead of us leading us in the right direction, if we take the time and thought to know what our ultimate goal in this life really is.

 

It is frightening at times to do what we really know is right, to branch out and care for those who really need our love and care, instead of taking the easy way. In the end we will be rewarded as Christ has promised. What more can we ask?

 

Our journey is a little scary, as the women in this passage were afraid, but we have the advantage of knowing that Jesus is always there to guide us.

 
 
 
 
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