The Clearing

Easter – The Myrrh-Bearing Women

Icon - The Myrrh-Bearing Women

Mark 16:1-8

And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices with which to anoint him, and very early on the morning of the first day of the week, they went to the tomb after the sun had risen.  They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb?”  But then they arrived they saw that the stone—which was very big—had been rolled-back already.  On entering the tomb they found a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were awe-struck.  But he said to them, there is no need to be afraid.  You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified:  he is not here.  He has risen.  See, this is the place where they laid him.  But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you to Galilee, and that is where you will see him, as he told you.”  And the women came out of the tomb and ran away, because they were frightened out of their wits, and would say nothing to anyone.

The day we “step out of the tomb” is the day the universe changes.  It is the day we begin to participate in the mystery of the future life, where we begin to believe that:

Christ can heal all our wounds.

Forgive our sins.

Roll away the stone from our tomb.

How would you illustrate one or more of these promises?

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