Lent Devotion, Saturday, March 31, 2018


(The gospel writer Mark is speaking to us.)

I ended my story of Jesus in a way that many find strange. I left the story open-ended. On the Sunday morning after Jesus’ death, I told of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome going to the tomb of Jesus. There they were met by a young man dressed in a white robe; he told them, “Jesus is not here; he has been raised. Go and tell his disciples to go to Galilee; there you will see him.”

Having told this story, I wrote, “So the women went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

This ending is my invitation to you to become involved in the story of Jesus. Keep going to Galilee; that is, keep returning to his story again and again and again. Read it. Savor it. Study it. Pray it. Sing it. Tell it. Live it.

Do these things, for this story is the way to a life fully lived, a life of God-trust, neighbor-love, and creation-care.

May you be immersed in the story, and may you receive the blessing that comes from following the way of Jesus.

Thank you, God, for Mark, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to tell the story of your Son. Amen.

This concludes this year’s Lenten devotions. Thank you for reading them. May the coming days of Easter touch you with joy and peace.

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