MARK’S DANGLING SENTENCE used to trouble me. But then I realized that in spite of my best efforts to pull the pieces together and bring a solid conclusion to every story, my life is full of incomplete sentences–relationships that get lost along the way,, conflicts that are never reconciled, problems that never find a simple solution, stories with no last chapter.
Maybe Mark intends this ending. What if Mark is suggesting that there is something both amazing and frigtening about knowing the risen Christ is not where we expect to find him but is let loose in the world where nothing can stop him?
What if Mark’s incomplete story serves as an invitation to every one of us to complete the Resurrection story with our own story? What if he purposely planned for every follower of the risen Christ to add his or her own chapter to the never-ending story of God’s work of salvation in a sin-broken world? What if Mark intends for everyone who hears the Resurrection story to be sent–like those frightened women–to carry the good news to a world that never expected it? What if Mark’s nonending is the call for us to get in on the action and become part of a story that never ends?
– James A. Harnish
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If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true
1 John 1:6, NRSV
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