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DG BookGospel: Mk 16:1-7
When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go
and anoint the body. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. They
were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they looked up, they noticed

that the stone had already been rolled away. It was a very big stone. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe
seated on the right, and they were amazed. But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was
crucified; he has been raised and is not here. This is, however, the place where they laid him. Now go and tell his disciples and Peter:
Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there just as he told you.”



Only love could compel these women to rise early and walk towards
the tomb of their Lord and Master. The Sabbath is hardly finished before
they go on their way. It must have been the longest Sabbath of their
lives, sitting and waiting for it to end so they could clean the body of Jesus
and properly bury Him. He deserves as much for the enlightenment, the
compassion and care, and the understanding He brought into their lives.
They must have been in a hurry. They brought no one to help them roll the stone
at the entrance of the tomb. But a great surprise awaits them. He is not there.
Instead a luminous young man awaits them with glad tidings. He is risen. He
is going ahead of them in Galilee. Love gave courage to the women. Love made
Jesus rise up again from the dead so that He will see His own again.


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