TUESDAY, September 8

Mark 16:1-8(9-20). Terror and amazement had seized them.

Mark describes the women at the tomb as filled with terror and amazement. These seem like contradictory emotions. But a few months ago, I came to see them more clearly.

My grandson had waited expectantly until he was tall enough to ride a roller coaster. Finally he reached the mark. As he, his parents, and I moved through the line, I felt a bit of terror at what lay ahead and yet at the same time amazement at the fast-moving cars speeding by. Finally our car arrived, and we were buckled in. As we inched up the incline and then plunged down the other side, I saw in that six-year-old face what terror and amazement all packed into one looked liked.

The women in our gospel today inched their way toward the tomb only to be confronted with a terrifying reality. With no time to comprehend it, they were amazed by their discovery and plunged headlong into a new chapter of life.

So often two seemingly opposite emotions get mixed up and we have to sort them out. Thank goodness God makes sure we are tall enough to take this on!

PRAY for the Diocese of South West Tanganyika (Tanzania)

Ps 45 * 47, 48; 1 Kings 16:23-34; Philippians 1:12-30

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