Mark 16:1-7 ● John 20:1-9
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
The resurrection stories can be boiled down to three mandates. First: “Do not be afraid.” Second: “Peace be with you.” Third: “Go and tell someone the good news.” Here we read of two of these injunctions: the encouragement to let go of fear and to start spreading the good news. In fact, even before the resurrection stories, the Bible is full of injunctions from angels and from Jesus to “be not afraid.” So let’s let go of our fear and go out with boldness to spread the joy of the resurrection—in our workplaces, in our families, and in our neighborhoods, remembering the saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”
What keeps you from sharing the good news of the gospel more often? Is it fear of ridicule? Fear of being cast as a religious weirdo? Fear that others think that God is irrelevant? Ask for the grace to let go of your fear and to have the courage to more boldly proclaim, with your life and/or with your words, the good news that Jesus is for you.
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