Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

"Go!"

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

"Go!"

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Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18

Today's alternate reading from the gospel of Mark, 16:1-8, is believed to be Mark's original and only account of the resurrection. His testimony of the most important event in Christian theology is sparse and seemingly incomplete: Finding an open tomb, the frightened women are more terrified when "a young man, dressed in a white robe" commands them to "go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (Mark 16:7). The final line is ambioguous: "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."

Mark's minimalist ending is emblematic of his approach to discipleship, both then and now. Absent are the easy formulas; we are left with mystery and questions, both of which put the ball in our court. In On Your Mark: Reading Mark in the Shadow of the Cross, Megan McKenna argues that it is all we need--the young man's command to "go" is also ours: "Go! …

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