Easter Sunday Year B
The Commentaries Summarised
As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.
This Sunday's Commentary
The Resurrection account from the Gospel of Mark, which is an option for the Gospel Reading, is a strange text. It forms what is recognised in scholarly circles as the first ending of the Gospel. As it stands it is difficult to understand. So difficult that it seems the Marcan community added another ending that presents other resurrection accounts. But still we must ask what Mark was doing ending his Gospel with the women running away in fear and saying nothing to anyone? How could this make sense to the early readers who clearly knew that the message of the angel had been conveyed at some point?
Throughout the Gospel, one way Mark presents the mystery of Jesus is by stressing the misunderstanding that people had concerning the Messiah and the identity of Jesus. Constantly people got it wrong and were ordered to keep silence. The Gospel moves towards the true ‘proclamation’ of Jesus’ identity by the centurion at the time of his death. Three days later, women who had been his constant companions and seen all that he had done are the ones to whom the Resurrection is revealed. Struck with fear and awe, they withdraw and keep silence. How does one find words to speak the unspeakable? Perhaps first by being silent before the mystery. Maybe this is what Mark was teaching through this strange ending. Wait in reverent awe before mysteries of God; enter into one’s heart and find Jesus risen within – then go forth offering the world its salvation