Re: Verse reading–Mark 15:33-41; 16:1-8 (day three)
“They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” What to make of this verse? It has no “I-can-do-all-things” ring to it. It doesn’t urge us onto the evangelism trail. And it sure seems to tamp down the joy. Where’s the confidence, the eagerness, the breezy optimism we’ve come associate with this ancient Sunday morning? Do these disciples just need time to clear their heads before donning an Easter bonnet? Or do we rather need to learn from them: to take seriously as they took seriously that the world they knew—and took comfort in—had indeed been swept away, and they didn’t yet know how to live? Their fear reveals not an unenlightened mind, but a perception of God’s footprint. We should all be so afraid.