That Second Tomb Account (Mark 6:14-29; 16:1-8)

 That Second Tomb Account (Mark 6:14-29; 16:1-8)

As a pastor I sometimes meet people who tell heartbreaking stories of how evil and injustice have impacted them in traumatic ways, leaving them numb and robbing them of their joy. I imagine something similar must have been going through the hearts of those who had been followers of John the Baptist, as they buried his earthly remains in a tomb (6:29). … St. Mark tells the story as one chapter of a greater story that would also end with an execution and a tomb. But though this injustice would be much greater--the death of an innocent man for the sins of the world--so would the nature of the comfort that would arise from his tomb: a tomb that did not stay occupied for long.

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Healed for "Running" the Race (1 Cor. 9:24; Mk 1:29-31)

Healed for "Running" the Race (1 Cor. 9:24; Mk 1:29-31)

St. Paul invokes the language of athletic competition in his letter to the church at Corinth. With the Superbowl on Sunday and the Winter Olympics starting up in PyeongChang, Korea next week, it’s a timely image. “Do you not know,” St. Paul encourages the church at Corinth, “that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you might win it.”

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