Monday, March 28, 2016

It begins with death

Daily reading: Mark 16:1-8
Monday March 28, 2016

Focus passage: When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. Mark 16:1

The story begins as a response to death.  It begins with the Sabbath concluding and at the first ray of sunlight, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome take spices so that they could anoint Jesus’ dead body.

You see the funeral plans had been waylaid by the beginning of the Sabbath.  And so they had to wait.  

When the sun came up over the horizon they pulled their tired bodies up, gathered the necessary spices and went to do what they needed to do.

There is a simple beauty in their actions, like a casserole made with great love and care for a family that is mourning the loss of a loved one.  

Notice they are not alone, in community they are mourning and in community they are doing something tangible together. 

Prayer: God of the resurrection, I praise you today.  Breathe new life in me.  Amen. 

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