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Sunday favorites April 1, 2018

Mark 16*

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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** This is the end of Mark’s Gospel, according to the oldest versions we have. Other not-as-old versions added a short ending beyond that, and some added the longer ending that is in many of our English translations as Mark 16:9-20 — sometimes with a note explaining that this longer ending was added later. There might be a “lost” ending to the original, but I think letting Mark end right here, with verse 8, works best. That’s a great ending.

“… And that’s it I’m afraid, there’s no more from you on the transcript, that’s the last I’ve got.”

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