Throughout the Gospel of Mark, the primacy of sowing the seed of the Bible, the folly of misplaced amazement and the sin of the fear of men are all demonstrated by means of the Lord’s instruction and action. Most importantly, the teaching of Christ’s death and resurrection is plainly stated. Still, somehow, Mark’s message did not sink in.
At the end of the story, the followers of Jesus were so afraid of what men might do to them that they betrayed and abandoned their beloved master. Failing to trust in the promise of the Lord’s resurrection, they instead went searching for a body. Worst of all, when commanded to preach what Jesus had already explained in chapter 8, “They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:8) Lacking trust in the Lord’s teaching, they were amazed and so afraid that they refused to sow the seed of the Gospel, as commanded.
“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell writes, “needs a constant struggle.”
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 16:1-8.
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