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The MesR_a_ge -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 "Oommentary-- Good news returns: The resurrection of Jesus for 1994, Easter Sunday, , Mark 16".1.8. Mark writes for the Christian Rome about 70 A.D. was a cOmmunity that had suffered brutal perse- the Roman govern- Under the Emperor Nero. [ Paul had died in that many Chris- remained loyal and died 'aith, others denied Jesus. turned traitor and Christians to the brother against brother, sister against co. munity and the families within it pieces, physically, spiritually. Healing Mark's attempt to bring about that :resulted in our oldest gospel ! antidote to the sad condition of his corn- back to the prophet of good a Jewish prophet who consoles about 540 B.C. He assures h is supreme. He still loves his for them, and will bring them home. their resurrection is imminent. h his own people in those ancient ex- iraself as Second Isaiah. He begins the very words with which his ministry. Second Isa- Was to proclaim the good news of de- B(JN FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST of the Good News Son of God." Was it really good news what Mark then wrote in the next fifteen chapters? His story de- tails how Jesus was misunder- stood, rejected and abandoned by everyone. He was misunderstood by his mother and immediate fam- ily. They thought he was crazy. From beginning to end his disci- ples never learned anything. They not only misunderstood and re- jected his ideas. When in crisis the chief of his disciples denied that he even knew Jesus. Another disciple pointed him out to his persecutors and was paid to do so. There is constant friction with the leader- ship of Jesus' religion. Conflict between Jesus and Satan is a major theme. Satan seems to finally have won when Jesus dies and even the sun re- fuses to shine. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus is abandoned to temptation by the Spirit and in death he is abandoned by his Father: =My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Is this Good News? With all this bad news Mark wants his people to see their own sufferings. They also considered themselves forced into temptation by the Spirit and abandoned by their heavenly Father. They too had been misunderstood by relatives and friends. They also had been denied and betrayed They were in conflict with their mother-religion. But Mark did not end the story with victory of Satan in the death of Jess. There was a final chapter to be written. At the very moment of Jesus' death there was a turn for the better. Someone finally recognized him as Son of God. faithful women stood by when a prominent member of the Jewish faith boldly asked for Jesus' body and buried it. End of story? No, not yet. Those faithful women, representing the Chris- tians at Rome who survived and remained faithful, come to the tomb to tend to the body of Jesus. He was gone. In place of the body sits a young man who tells them that Jesus' death by crucifixion was not the end. He had risen from .the dead. He even sought reconciliation with those who had denied, rejected, and abandoned him. They were to tell Peter and his disciples that he would meet them in Galilee. But did they do it? Mark has one more lesson to teach. The women fled and said nothing to anyone because they were afraid. Thus ends his proclamation of Good News. The women symbolize the survivors of Mark's own Christian community. They have received the greatest message of all time, Jesus has risen. He is victorious. Why should they be afraid? Unlike the faithful but fearful women, let them go out now and announce the Good News before the Roman world. Was it not a representative of the same Roman world that persecuted them who had finally proclaimed Jesus as Son of God? Let them do the same Fear is no longer possible. Jesus is alive and will be with them! That is the Good News! 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