Text: John 20:1-18
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple…
How do you suppose Mary might be feeling when arriving at the tomb she finds the stone removed? What must be running through her mind? Why do you suppose she does not enter the tomb or even peek in but rather sets off to find Simon Peter and the other disciples? What have you ever experienced of discovering a deal you thought was done not done or a death that you thought to be dead not dead? Of an agreement you assumed finished not yet agreed upon, incomplete and undecided? Of an ending you supposed over, done with and final only to be surprised that the issue, argument, relationship or love was still alive and well? What is it that may have filled you with caution and kept you from going into that dark tomb and looking around? What is an issue for you today that you have assumed dead that you now discover is still alive? What is the cost and promise of entering the tomb and seeing what yet lives? What is the cost and promise of running off in search of another to look inside for you?
– Bill Dols
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Text: Mark 16:1-8
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.
Panorama from Har Ari in the Galilee looking southwards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What is Galilee to Peter and the disciples? What might it mean for them to return to Galilee after all they have seen and done in Jerusalem during these past weeks? Why might it be important for Jesus to meet them in Galilee, rather than here in Jerusalem?
What do you know about returning to a place after something has happened to shake up your world? What is comforting about the return? What is unsettling? How did the change in you affect how you saw what had once been familiar?
– Andy Kille
“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.
Text: Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
A Father's Grief
(Photo credit: RobandSheila)
Richard Swanson reminds us in Provoking the Gospel of Mark that in Jewish tradition the tearing of a garment is a ritual expression of mourning, and that the rending of the Temple curtain in Mark’s passion narrative might thus be understood as God’s expression of mourning. “Mourning,” writes Swanson, “is the ritual activity human beings engage in when they are reminded that their hopes and their love cannot turn back death.” Continue reading