The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.
Read Mark 16:1-8
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'"
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
These women were intensely faithful to Jesus, who was often eager to set aside traditional, but unnecessary, ways of life and faith. So it shouldn't be so surprising to us that the first people he chose to reveal his post-resurrection self to were three women.
If you're a man, consider—and thank God for—the ways women have enhanced and influenced your life, both in traditional roles, like mother and wife, and in less conventional ways, such as leadership, teaching, or helping to shape the church and our culture. If you're a woman, meditate on this story of the two Marys and Salome, and ask God how you might follow their examples, both of devotion to Christ and of being used to spread his kingdom to others of all genders.