They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" -Mark 16:1-8
Two days ago, Jesus was killed at the hands of the empire and his disciples were in mourning. With heavy and ladened hearts, Mary Magdalene and Mary went to the tomb to anoint his body.
I can just see them going together in the early morning hours, quietly talking about logistics, anxious to get on with their sacred tasks. I resonate with that moment they wonder who will role the stone away. I, too, spent most of the early morning hours of Easter preparing for the day ahead.
Who is setting up for brunch? What are people bringing? Will there be enough? Who is the assistant minister? Who is reading? Who is ushering? Where are the bulletins again? Where did I put my announcements? I hope my kid’s sermon is ok. Do I need to go over my sermon again? Has my robe been ironed? Etc. Etc. Etc.
It’s easy to get caught up in the tasks of the day and forget the reason for the day. I have no doubt, I am not the only one guiltly of it. I also know there it happens every year on Easter. There is grace for that.
The moment I hear myself say, Christ is Risen and hear back He is risen, indeed. Alleluia! I know that it is going to be a good day.
Today, I invite you to say those words. As often as you would like, as often as you need. Not just today, but every day.
Christ is Risen. He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
Peace, Pastor Andy