April 9, 2021

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. – Mark 16:1-4
This text tells us that Magdalene, Mary and Salome watched Jesus’ execution at Golgotha. They watched the body taken down from the tree. They watched the body placed in a borrowed tomb. They watched them seal the tomb with a 2000 pounds stone. They watched seasoned soldiers stand guard around the tomb. Just before the Sabbath they were able to wash Jesus’ body but there was not enough time to apply properly the spices required by Jewish funerary procedures. So early Sunday morning, these 3 women trekked to the tomb to complete the task of anointing Jesus’ body was spices. They were perplexed.
They wondered-who will roll away the stone blocking the entrance to Jesus’ tomb?
They wondered-will the seasoned soldiers allow us access to the tomb?
They wondered-where are the disciples who promised they would never leave him nor forsake him?
They were bewildered. They were befuddled. They were perplexed. But they pushed forward through this perplexing situation. They had a job to do. They had a task to perform. So they pushed forward through perplexity in order to complete the task.
Today there are people in power who want to keep other people from fully exercising their rights as citizens of this country and we are perplexed.
They don’t want the polls to be open when we get off work-and we are perplexed.
They don’t want persons to give us water while we are in line to vote-and we are perplexed.
Like the women in this text, we must push forward through this perplexing situation.
It’s certainly perplexing why people don’t want us to vote-but we must push forward.
It’s certainly perplexing why people don’t want us to have water while we wait in line -but we must push forward.
It’s certainly perplexing why corporations want to sell us stuff but remain silent in the face of injustice, but we must push forward.
That’s what the women in this text did; they pushed forward. They were perplexed about the stone; they were perplexed about the soldiers; they were perplexed about the disciples; yet they pushed forward. Will you push forward?
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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